Are you sick of swimming in the ocean of fake news and clickbait that is polluting the internet and diminishing the power of democracy? Are you are tired of being misled and feel misinformed but want to understand how to navigate the information chaos? Then you’ll want to get a copy of the upcoming book Behind the Scoop: Why You Should Think and Act Like a Journalist. By understanding how journalists operate and what makes a great story you’ll get more out of the news you read. In fact, you’ll start reading journalism that matters to you and you might even quit the news. Hi, my name is Johannes Koch and I’ve been a journalist for over decade and I’m telling you stop reading the news and to start reading scoops. If you want get smart about your news consumption, defend communties and democracy, then you’ll want this book. But don’t take it from me…Behind the Scoop starts with the journalists that reported and investigated the stories discussed in the book. Collectively these journalists have won awards and reported and traveled far and wide for publications such as the The New York Times, The Guardian, Quartz, Buzzfeed and many, many more.
Targeted Age Group:: 18-35
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As a journalist, I struggled to see how young journalists strived to write scoops but I also saw that many people didn't understand the work journalists do. I wanted to address that in Behind the Scoop. I asked the question: In the age of the publishing revolution if we can tell truths and dispel falsehoods but also tell lies and spread falsehoods. What do we choose to do? Why? I hope my book can tip the balance in favor of truth, transparency and provide some much-needed news literacy in the post-truth era.
You don’t become a journalist to make millions. You become a journalist driven by a sense of purpose—which you may sense as a God-given purpose or maybe just the desire to see a better world. But sometimes there are gaps between your ideals and the reality of your day job. For me it was exhilarating to see a share price soar or tank as a result of my journalism. With two massive screens and a myriad of blinking lights and alarm bells at my side, I could react to every hiccup that affected the companies I covered at Bloomberg, the global financial information powerhouse.
The Bloomberg newsroom in Berlin was a mix of murmurs punctuated by the occasional bursts of activity as breaking news crashed in. Editors shouted "backread" or "can someone come look over my shoulder" as news was prepped at lightning speed for release on the wire. With an event like Brexit, the red oozed down my black screen as markets shuddered and the financial world felt on the verge of total collapse and chaos. I came to journalism over a decade ago, initially with visions of being a writer at a newspaper, holed up in a quiet room after returning from assignment on some far-flung island. Upon my entry to the profession, however, newspapers were dying out like swing parties in the Great Depression. Online news was the new swing dance of my 20s and I liked a good party, so that’s the one I joined. I ended up in financial journalism in London first, where functional, precise and factual writing eradicated the need for stories told with flair. That made me less of a journalist, I thought.
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