Is journalism a profession? A trade? A craft?
It may seem like I'm fussing over semantics, but how you describe your work can affect how you think about it.
So if you think of journalism as a profession, as we tend to do in the U.S., then you might conduct yourself differently than a reporter in the U.K., where journalism is seen as more of a trade.
I wonder: Did the fact that journalism gets less respect in Britain create an atmosphere where the phone-hacking scandal could take root and flourish? It's possible.
If nothing else, all the tawdry revelations from that scandal have sparked a debate in Britain: Is journalism a profession?
What do you think? Is journalism a profession, like medicine and law? Should it be? Or are journalists who call themselves professionals taking the job too seriously?
Let me know what you think.
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