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A business editor's parting shot

May 13, 2006

Jason Nisse, who is the business editor of the Independent in London, is leaving his job to become public relations director at Barclays. He looks back on his 18-year career in the newsroom with some interesting observations about business journalism that seem applicable in any country.

Nisse writes, “I can’t say I’m not sad to go. Journalism is a great trade if done well. And to be done well it needs the support of editors, a strong team ethos and the momentum that is created from knowing what the publication wants to deliver. But too often good financial journalism is undermined by the pressure under which it is produced, largely created by the structure of the papers that produce it.”

Later, Nisse writes, “An investment banker once said to me that the problem with journalists is that they only ever know about a third of the story at best. Soon I will know whether this was a cruel indictment of my career so far – or a tellingly accurate comment.”

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