Qwoted is committed to exploring the current state of the media by speaking to industry leaders and educating future generations of media professionals. What has social media and technological innovation brought to the table? What can we expect for the future of journalism?
As a freelance writer and editor for more than 15 years, Brigitte Surette has written on nearly every subject. Currently a Real Estate Editor and Writer at The Post and Courier in South Carolina, Surette is consistently rewarded by her work coming together and making an impact on readers. Her hopes for the future of the industry include more collaboration, as mistrust of the media affects the integrity and morale of journalists. “Working with people who have challenged me to do better has made a tremendous difference in my career,” says Surette.
The profession of journalism feels more attacked today than in a long time, but also highly necessary. Do you feel that’s true, and if so, why?
BS: I think the attacks on the profession of journalism stem from some journalists taking part in sharing their personal opinion. People look to journalists for the truth, the facts, without bias – just the facts without personal comment that may appear to sway this way or that.
What do you see as some of journalism’s biggest potential pitfalls? And what gives you hope for the future of journalism?
BS: Twitter, as a pitfall – ha! I don’t think complex subjects can be tackled in 280 words. Good journalists give me hope and when we read an article that rings true, that moves us, we know that it still exists.
What do you think about the role of technology in journalism?
BS: Double-edge sword as many things are. The 24/7 news cycle can be challenging. Journalists can deal with misinformation without adding to it – instead, listen and observe. Fact check. Fact check. Fact check.
What advice would you give to aspiring young writers and reporters?
BS: Work hard and for free, if necessary, to get your name out there and land a good story. Build up a portfolio and your credibility, and you’ll never have to work for free again.