If you ask an older journalist about the past, you will hear at least some crazy stories. By crazy, I mean batshit insane. Things happened back then; you could not imagine in your wildest dreams. You inevitably ask yourself how they managed to create a newspaper every day.
It was a different time, and a different mindset ruled in newsrooms. I’d even state that it was an ego-driven approach to journalism. I, the journalist, have an idea for a story, and I will write it – no matter what. The journalists had total control over the process, and feedback or criticism was lagging. Maybe some letters were sent, and perhaps some phone calls were received.
Yeah, those were the good, old days, the aging journalist will tell you.
But were they really that good?