Thursday, July 31, 2008

Us and Them

Here is an interesting article from New Yorker about China's angry youth. For all those who want to know more about the country and all those who wan to muse on things such as objectivity, cropping, fairness and balance in reporting, truth.

Just look at this example:
A photograph on, for instance, had been cropped around military trucks bearing down on unarmed protesters. But an uncropped version showed a crowd of demonstrators lurking nearby, including someone with an arm cocked, hurling something at the trucks. To Tang, the cropping looked like a deliberate distortion. (CNN disputed this and said that the caption fairly describes the scene.)

But: isn't all journalism a crop of reality?

We should be aware that every report is limited by the humannes of the reporter.

That's why I like literary journalism. Because literary journalists admit their subjectivity. If not by the use of first person then by the use of their voice.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

My Books

It's been a while since I posted anything on this blog. In the meantime I had two books published and I was working on two others.

The first, Preteklost je prolog, is a history of journalism and media; it is a textbook for students of journalism. It was published by Založba FDV.

The second, Literarno novinarstvo, is my dissertation on Literary Journalism. It was published by Modrijan.

The other two are being released in September.
The first one, Dekle kot Tisa, is a novel, and is being published by publishing house Miš. It is a love story between a girl from the Adriatic coast and a boy from the Pannon lowlands. As they fall in love in the beginning of 1990s, at the time of the war in Balkans regions, their love has little future.

The second one, Literary Journalism in the United States of America and Slovenia, is the English translation of my dissertation, and is being published in the United States of America by University Press of America.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The European Journalism Fellowships Announced

The European Journalism Fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin are a program for mid-career journalists, designed to give participants the opportunity to
take a two-semester leave from their professional positions and spend a
sabbatical year in Berlin to work on a major research project. Journalists from all European countries and the United States are invited to apply for one of the fellowships.

The closing date for applications is January 31, 2008. Please note that the
closing date for applications for the Superior Scholarship of the
Abgeordneten­haus of Berlin (Berlin State Parliament) Foundation (special
requirements) is December 10, 2007.

For more information go to:
Europäische Journalisten-Fellowships/ European Journalism-Fellowships
Otto-von-Simson-Str. 3
D-14195 Berlin
Fon: +49(0)30-8385-3315
Fax: +49(0)30-8385-3305

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Razpis za mlade v novinarje (only in slovene)

Mediji – posredniki med narodi


Sklad Robert Bosch v sodelovanju z Berlinsko šolo za novinarje (BJS)vabi mlade novinarje iz Srednje in Vzhodne Evrope na trimesečnobivanje v Nemčiji.

Študijski in delovni obisk bo potekal od 1. marca do 31. maja 2008 vBerlinu in obsega: v prvih štirih tednih posredovanje kompaktnega znanja o sosedi Nemčiji, odnosih med državami in skupnih perspektivah v Evropskiuniji - v obliki pogovorov, predavanj in srečevanj »na licu mesta«; v naslednjih osmih tednih prakso v eni izmed televizijskih, radijskih ali časopisnih redakcij v nemškem glavnem mestu – glede na lastne interese in ponudbo.

Pri tem bodo štipendisti spoznali delovni vsakdan nemških kolegov kot t.i. »začasni dopisniki«. Prav tako bodo lahko pripravljali prispevke zaposamezne gostujoče, kot tudi za domače redakcije.

Štipendisti prejmejo: mesečno štipendijo v višini 1000 €; mentorsko vodstvo v gostujoči redakciji; pomoč pri iskanju stanovanja.

Od štipendistov pričakujemo: poklicne izkušnje; dobro znanje nemškega jezika; starost do 35 let.

Prijavijo se lahko novinarji s Poljske, Češke, Madžarske, Slovaške,Slovenije, Estonije, Latvije in Litve.

Kontaktni naslov:Berliner Journalisten-Schule (BJS) – Berlinska novinarska šola„Medien-Mittler“Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 2910178 BerlinE-mail: Info@medien-mittler.dePrijavne obrazce najdete na internetu:

Prijavni rok: 1. november 2007

Informacije o skladu Robert Bosch najdete na Ein Förderprogramm derRobert Bosch Stiftung inZu sammenarbeit mit der BerlinerJournalisten-Schule (BJS)Informationen über die RobertBosch Stiftung fi nden Sie Journalisten-Schule(BJS)„Medien-Mittler“Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 2910178

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

As promised ...

As promised, I am adding the abstract of the paper I prepared for the Future of Newspapers conference.
Many of the presentations were interesting, however, unfortunately we were not allowed to post anything from them. When they appear in journalis, I will try to link them.

Newspapers seem to be telling their readers what they already know. They have either read it the day before on the internet or heard it on television. Sometimes, even Wikipedia is faster than the local reporters are. Can Slovene newspapers survive under such circumstances? Moreover, how? Views, not news, is an old phrase, nevertheless, it seems to reveal the one true advantage of the traditional newspapers: the well-researched and written articles and opinions about relevant topics that should be important to the readers. However, these analytical pieces should not only be available in the paper edition, but also online, and should not appear only in the newspaper's mother tongue, but also in English. A good example might be the German magazine Der Spiegel that celebrated its 60th birthday this year. Der Spiegel was the first magazine on the world with an online edition (in 1994). Ten years later, it launched its English website, which aims to provide English-speaking readers with a different, more German or European perspective on world events. The magazine, which was in the past famous for its investigative journalism and analytical articles, recently became also a European beacon of literary journalism. Literary journalism stories appear on the magazine's website, where they combine the advantages of the Web with those of the narrative. In the era in which many publishing houses in Slovenia compete for readers only by adding cheap DVDs or books to their newspapers, it would seem sensible for those newspapers, which still aspire to quality journalism, to follow Der Spiegel's model. Bloggers in Slovenia and elsewhere have already shown that they can also do what journalists are supposed to be doing: expose the wrongdoings and injustice. However, until their posts are picked up by news media, their efforts are usually limited to the blogger community. Well researched and well written articles that can attract a large number of readers, inspire them and make them care, are therefore in the domain of journalists. That is why readers still want and need newspapers.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Future of Newspapers

The holidays are almost over. I am staying home this week, babysitting my little boy who is having a mont off from kindergarten. Next week we are going away for the last week together this summer. I hope the weather will be on our side.
I returned from the Future of Newspapers conference in Wales, organized by JOMEC (Cardiff Centre for Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies). It was very interesting and a good opportunity for networking. Unfortunately, the papers can be accessed only with password, so I cannot make a link. But I am posting this link one of the conference. I will add the abstract of my paper later.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


This summer, I spent every spare moment working on a textbook I am writing for my History of Journalism and Media course. I am now almost finished with the first draft. I have to submit it in the next few days to a committee that might alocate some funds for its publication. I hope they will support my manuscript. Please, keep your fingers crossed:)

However, yesterday I took some time off from work, work, and Jernej. I had a chance to go to the movies. We went to see Knocked up and I found it hillarious. I recommend it!

Now that my textbook is almost finished, I can start looking forward to holidays. On Saturday, we go to Bol on Brač, and when we return I am off to a conference on Future of Newspapers in Wales. I hope it will be very interesting and useful.