Not all credentials are positive
Posted by aogWednesday, 16 February 2005 at 19:01 TrackBack Ping URL

Winds of Change notes that Eason Jordan’s journalistic credentials are a little thin:

Long before Jordan’s rise and fall at CNN, he worked the overnight shift, often alone, on the network’s international assignment desk.

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Certainly it was heady stuff for a twentysomething college dropout with little journalism experience.

Much as it pains me to defend someone like Jordan, I simply can’t agree that this is a bad thing. Frankly, as best as I can tell, “official” journalist training is far more likely to ruin someone as a reporter than improve them. Aren’t graduates of journalism school the frequent target of mockery and disdain? The fact that Eason worked his way up without going through the standard training is the first positive thing I’ve heard about him.