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Sports writer hits out at football manager’s ‘lazy journalism’ jibe

mark-warburtonA sports writer for two sister dailies has hit out at a football manager’s accusations of “lazy journalism”.

Neil Cameron, who writes for Glasgow-based newspapers The Herald and the Evening Times, says Rangers manager Mark Warburton’s comments about the Scottish press were “ill-informed.”

Mr Warburton spoke out after his former colleague Malky Mackay, who was involved in a controversy over alleged racist and sexist text messages in 2013, was appointed as performance director of the Scottish Football Association last week.

The Rangers boss commented: “I’ve read some shocking statements about Malky. I get very disappointed when I see people copying and pasting articles from three and a half years ago. I think that’s lazy journalism.”

But Neil said Warburton’s accusation had left journalists in Scotland feeling offended.

Responding in a column for The Herald, Neil wrote: “It is almost impossible to be a lazy journalist these days. Trust me, I’ve tried. If only there was time to step out for a gin and tonic – a gentleman’s measure, naturally – in order to have a good old think about the one subject you are going to write about that day before considering filing something at about four-ish. But this is 2016 when a deadline is always five minutes ago.

“The nature of this job has changed beyond all recognition from the days when I was a copy boy in the old Albion Street offices. My main task was to fetch and carry for the journalists – pictures, page plans, glasses of brandy from the Press Bar – and keep the legendary and downright scary editor George McKechnie in a good mood.

“Well, not exactly. George, a huge man with a beard you could hide a badger in, didn’t really do good moods. It was more a case of what scale of bad he was feeling and the entire editorial floor knew that if my fellow workers and I were able to forge the boss man’s favourite meal at lunch then they might just get through the day without being b********.

Neil added: “Journalists have always worked hard. It’s just that back then there was more potential for a bit of downtime. You could disappear off the radar – for a bit – whereas these days if you get to drink a whole cup of coffee without having to write a blog it feels like a day off.

“So when someone accuses a journalist, or journalism as a whole, of being lazy, then those of us who every day – that’s weekends, bank holidays and at all hours – chip away at the coalface of truth are rightly going to be offended. You can call us rubbish, many are, and disagree with an opinion or the take on a tale. But lazy… Nah, I’m not having that.”


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  • December 20, 2016 at 11:24 am

    cut and pasting from three years ago is still lazy journalism, whatever the pressures. He has a point, but fails to appreciate the bash-it-now and-fill-a hole mentality of today’s newspaper management.

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  • December 20, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Neil’s a good sports journo who knows his stuff and he’s spot on with his comment.
    We’ve all heard this ‘lazy journalism’ line glibly trotted out from time to time by idiots who have no idea what they are talking about.
    The only thing lazy here is the clueless people who use this cliche, without any understanding of how journalism works in the modern era and the pressures writers are under.
    When they say ‘lazy journalism’ all they actually mean is ‘an article which has really’p**sed me off” – which is often what good journalism does.

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