Alan Rusbridger Quotes
Alan Charles Rusbridger (born 29 December 1953) is a British journalist, Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and the former editor-in-chief of The Guardian. He took up the post in 1995, having been a reporter and columnist earlier in his career. Rusbridger stood down from the post at the end of May 2015 and was succeeded by Katharine Viner. He is now the Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Wikipedia
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“So I think it is wise to be extremely cynical about what you are being told, even from your own government.”
“We (newspapers) used to say we had the tablets of stone with the revelation of truth. We had people talking to us exclusively for the little people down there, and the only chance for the little people to get published was to send a letter to the editor.”
“I'm very keen to get that sort of ?wow' factor in so that you've got these quite serious pages, but don't know what the next change of pace and surprise is going to be. You can just do something that absolutely knocks your socks off, but happens in the news run.”
“The Internet has challenged the newspaper model. It has taken away advertising, the notion of authority coming from experts, and it has added personality and a sense of community.”
“We're overjoyed that Rory has been released safe and sound. We'd like to thank all those in London, Dublin and Iraq who played a role in freeing him. Both British and Irish governments have been extremely helpful - as have many journalistic colleagues around the world and sympathetic groups and individuals in Baghdad.”
“One of the things we have been experimenting with is not putting the main story at the front of the paper, but metering them out through the course of the run.”
Main thing is to publish. Blog, tweet, write, photograph, tweet, video, code, play around with data - or a combination of all of the above. a) it will keep your journalistic â??muscleâ?? in practice. b) if youâ??re any good, youâ??ll get noticed. And bear in mind you can do these things at other places than conventional news organisations. Many businesses, NGOs, arts organisations, public bodies, universities, etc are now publishers of extremely high quality stuff. Good places to practise your craft before moving on
There is this ferocious digital revolution coming along and we're in the teeth of that at the time of maximum economic disruption. There are huge opportunities there. I made the point in my supplementary statement that the Guardian is now a very considerable global player, but there are huge challenges in terms of making, of finding, the convincing business model, so I want to see Guardian journalism continue and thrive, although whether and to what extent that is in print or in digital is a sort of second order matter.
But, in the end, we editors just pass through. We all know that you, the readers, are the real carriers of the flame.
“We urge those holding him to release him swiftly - for the sake of his family and for the sake of anyone who believes the world needs to be kept fully informed about events in Iraq today.”