The old guard

When I first started at Dennis the in-joke was often about the ‘old guard’.

Freelancers, editors, numerous others who were dinosaurs and didn’t understand the brave new direction publishing was taking. At that time I believe it was lists of things and ‘repurposing content’. You’ll learn, they said.

Today publishing has changed so completely that I’m not sure I understand it any more. I look at new ventures and I’m perplexed by the idea let alone the approach and execution. I want – I need – to let these youngsters know they’re doing it wrong, but they’d just ignore me.

They’ll learn.

Christopher Brennan | Journalism lecturer and freelancer

Grub Street Journal

A necessary reminder

Commissions thinning; advertising nose-diving; publications reinventing themselves for a diminishing audience frequently less keen on paying.

It’s easy to feel disheartened, especially when lurking in a bubble with peers equally concerned about the industry’s future. But going ‘outside’ feeds new energy.

Recently, I was asked what I did for a living. I almost dismissed my work: “I write stuff.” “For what?” “Mostly magazines and the odd newspaper thing, such as…” Eyes lit up. Genuine excitement and interest.

A moment of feeling foolish before remembering the passion, the thrill of the chase, and remembering why I do what I do.

Craig Grannell | Freelancer writer (tech, games, design)

Grub Street Journal