Even today I had planned to publish another article ... but I have decided that tomorrow I will tell you about the most fabulous food-wine pairing ever. Today I want to tell you something about myself and, at the same time, answer the question I have often received since I have been doing this job: why did you choose to be a wine blogger and didn't become a food and wine journalist? Become a journalist... I've thought about it! Writing with a lake view has always been my dream since I was a child. Even when I didn't know what I was going to write about, I knew I was going to write for a living. Writing makes me really happy.
Journalist or blogger?
There are so many ways of writing and I believe there is a lot of ignorance about terminology in all worlds. First of all, blogger and journalist are different professions. Of course there are journalists who are also bloggers, but if you read a blog written by a journalist it will always have a different cut and, easily, will be more oriented to report current events as well. To me, frankly, I care even less about the result of a football match in the news. I am not interested in the "latest news" from the cellar dude, consortium caio or character sempronio. I don't watch television, the only newspaper I read is the Sole 24 ore report and I don't gossip from my hairdresser or my beautician. The journalist, by definition, deals with current affairs, news, inquiries ... in practice his job is to write articles, editorials or reports and publish them on mass media (TV, newspapers, web). The blogger keeps a diary online, a space of his, which can be thematic or generalist, where he writes the experiences he lives more or less daily. Obviously in the case of a thematic blog, such as this wine blog, the experiences that I tell you every day are related to wine and food. Also because I don't think you care too much to know that yesterday I took the jackets to the laundry… right?
Becoming a journalist: because for me it was a "but also no!"
Let's start with personal taste: I like to tell experiences and, in the same way, I like to read and listen to experiences. So the main reason I didn't become a journalist is that the so-called "journalistic cut" is not my thing.
However this is not the only reason, quite the contrary. I see the world of journalism as a theater of funny subjects who in some way muddy the real professionals to steal some crumbs of fame or money. Because in both cases it is crumbs. The first case that comes to mind is a person I knew very very well who had joined the register of journalists to scrounge some entry to Vinitaly and a few slices of salami at the previews. Then he told me that he had tax and social security benefits, but I can't tell you about this because I've never investigated. I can certainly confirm that that card made him feel less of a failure in everyday life. Curious, however, that he did not write for any newspaper and when he had to prove that he was really a journalist he begged tochiarations of articles that he would have written here or there and obviously did not exist.
Now, when I wake up in the morning I'm generally in a good mood, but I'm on my period today and so I apologize in advance if this article is a little more controversial than usual. When I read Franco Ziliani's whatsapp where he reported me this article in which the judgment of the Territorial Discipline Council of the Order of Journalists is reported I did not know whether to laugh or cry. I swear. For me it is sacrosanct that there is a Discipline Council that controls the work of those who are members of the order. What is not clear to me is why this Discipline Council allows various and possible pastry stealers to belong to the register even if the only thing they do is scrounge everything they can in exchange for articles they will never write. And how many have I known of these subjects at various events! Then I do not know if it is true that they also manage to obtain tax and social security benefits, the man in question told me yes.
Now, if it is true that Franco Ziliani was judged for using the wrong tone with Laura Donadoni, for me we have 3 problems not to be overlooked:
- Was Franco wrong to comment on Laura's thinness? Yes, for me he could avoid it as I wrote in this article. However, even Laura for me was wrong to say that Franco's behavior was similar to violence against women as I wrote in this other article. So if the Order of Journalists wanted to intervene in my opinion it had to do it with both. Either two meters and two measures are used, or Franco with his sarcasm is now a bit on the balls of many. However, this somewhat forced "witch hunt" and perhaps conveyed by something or someone in my opinion damages the image of the ODG.
- Why does the gang of pastries or salami, whatever you prefer, continue to scrounge undeterred? Why do they number the events and therefore are they useful in stock photos? Why do they increase the total number of subscribers and maybe this is good (I don't know, I guess)? Why does the Disciplinary Commission not also regulate scroccaeventi pastry stealers with a card?
- If a blog today does not yet have regulatory and legislative constraints and is in fact subject to self-regulation, why can the Order of Journalists intervene following any report on the content of what is not comparable to a newspaper? And if so, why does the ODG not also intervene on the quality of the contents of all those registered on the register? And here I am not speaking in particular of the inappropriate aesthetic comment of Franco Ziliani or of Laura Donadoni's oenological supercazzola on their respective blogs, I am asking this in general. Why?
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This is why becoming a journalist is something that is not part of my interests: I do not feel part of the pastry band, nor a fan of current affairs and gossip. Then it must be said that I do not feel a great need to belong in general, although obviously if there is an order of bloggers tomorrow, I will probably feel compelled to be part of it. Above all, I don't understand the idea of being judged by someone in a way that I find a little too political. So to all those who ask me why I prefer to be "only" a wine blogger, from today I will refer to this article.
Becoming a journalist, for those who love this style of writing, is a very beautiful and accessible thing even without a degree or school in the sector. Becoming a journalist is a possibility, however, that should be reserved only for those who really want to carry out the profession, excluding freeloaders and opportunists of all kinds.
All this reasoning obviously does not ignore the fact that on the web we should always be respectful of everyone and treat every person and every topic with courtesy. The fact that a blog is - at least for the moment - a no man's land does not mean that disrespect must be tolerated in some way. For me a great signature is that of someone who manages to involve a wide audience with the quality of the content both in terms of form and in terms of substance, without controversy or victimization.
But then I understand it: dramas and gossip have always been an audience. Today Beautiful is broadcasting the 8.481th episode. If Brooke and Ridge in 34 years of soap opera have been married / not married 11 times, I expect that the Ziliani-Donadoni liaison will not end here too ...
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