Writers vs Journalists

The Native Advertising Debate

Rick Webb
Rick Webb
Apr 21, 2016 · 5 min read
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Sometimes we get so successful at our writing that we can afford to be picky. Curse you, Martin Amis, for never re-pressing your stellar work on the topic of the video game Space Invaders. Nonetheless, I found a signed copy. It’s one of my most cherished possessions.

Then we have journalists.

Journalism is a different sort of craft. A journalist’s craft is the news. It’s informing the public. It’s shaping and improving society. Writing is the medium. Writing is a medium — it’s not even the only one. Serial is news. 60 Minutes is news. Most of the news has historically been in written form so naturally journalists are, often enough, pretty good writers. But they’re calling isn’t the craft of writing; their calling is the craft of journalism.


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Rick Webb

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Rick Webb

author, @agencythebook, @mannupbook. writing an ad economics book. reformed angel investor, record label owner, native alaskan. co-founded @barbariangroup.

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We’re an open community of Executives, Strategists, Designers, Developers and Students alike, skeptically examining communication, technology and culture.

Rick Webb

Written by

Rick Webb

author, @agencythebook, @mannupbook. writing an ad economics book. reformed angel investor, record label owner, native alaskan. co-founded @barbariangroup.

On Advertising

We’re an open community of Executives, Strategists, Designers, Developers and Students alike, skeptically examining communication, technology and culture.

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