Ramona Dragomir [ramonasnooker]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
If one should take a look on my uni diploma, then economist is the word, but I'm in love with writing and taking into account the fact that I've been doing it for the last two years (with the intention of becoming a pro), than snooker journalist is the proper description.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
I have my own blog, which has two years of existence (yay!). It's called "Snooker, my love", but also for the Cluj-based blog Sportcaffe.ro and the London-based "The Upcoming" magazine.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
What is "news"?
News is something that everyone should know about, but very little really do.
To you, what is objectivity?
For me objectivity is letting your prejudices aside and realize that you are there to deliver a story and not your own opinions.
What is the best headline you have ever read?
"Are you a virgin about olive oil?" The puns always do the job when the subject is not very bright.
What headline would you like to see printed one day in the newspaper?
"Snooker, as popular as football"
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
I'm not a huge fan of papers, mainly because in my country they tend to leave that "objectivity" I was talking about earlier aside and just be bias towards a political party. So I refuse to buy them.
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
It's a very sensible subject and I can't think of a general answer. Every situation is different and SHOULD be treated differently, with caution and respect.
In the end a genuine journalist has to deliver the news as it is, but also take into account the fact that "the music makes the tone". So, use your words wisely. Be a diplomat.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
Definitely they are not as important as they were before and that's really a shame. It's easy to publish news without doing some proper research before, just to catch the reader's eye. However, after that you have to deal with how genuine or true is your article and clarify the situation.
Being analytical requires, in my opinion, to do a lot of research and be able to combine the data you gather. A quality a few of us unfortunately possess.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
If we are taking about "yellow press" then yes, everyone is a journalist or a correspondent.
However, if we talk about the actual press, then things change. It's true that sometimes the best images are caught by simple people, just happen to be at the scene and their photo is giving the news a whole new meaning, but from that to becoming a correspondent it's a loooong way, I dare say.
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
It's simple: when the demand exists, the offer appears.
What is your position regarding the right to privacy of famous people?
Well, I think the famous people should first of all acknowledge the fact that with fame comes trouble and a lot of responsibility. Their life is wanted, is craved for and wished to be devoured by millions of people.
That being said, at the end of the day they too are only humans, so they should be treated with respect by the press, especially by the yellow one.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
I have no recipe for an interview. Yes, I do follow the rules of proper journalism, but each interview is different because the person standing there in front of you is different.
So, my advice would be to thoroughly research the subject and try and be yourself. Ask things that the paper wants you to ask, but be careful not to bully the person that said yes to your interview request. Be original and provide the public with genuine information.
Please list well-known people you have interviewed.
Eirian Williams and Brandon Moore -two of snooker's best referees.
Anita Rizzuti, Carmelita Yumito, Lasse Munstermann - a few of the non-UK snooker players that have recorded brilliant victories.
Stephen Lee, Martin Gould (Top 16 snooker players), the Lord Mayor of
Sheffield (Councillor Dr Sylvia Dunkle), the legend Joe Johnson, Monique Limbos (snooker's top photographer) and many more.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
I think it kind of does, mainly because it offers the possibility of reading an article by people who are living miles away from you and have no chance of getting that information in the traditional papers of from the telly.
Will the paper press disappear?
Uff, tough question ... probably in the future yes, but only because people will be reading the same news on their tablets.
It's weird to think you won't be holding a paper in your hands, in the same way as not holding a book (thing that drives me crazy actually, because I love to carry a book with me no matter how big it is).
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
"Feed the hungry, help the poor" :-))
Yes, it's a great idea and I think that it will keep the people informed, so please do ... carry on!
What is the book you would like to write?
Haha, good one!
Probably one entitled "Don't worry, your calling is going to get you anyway!" and will definitely be a funny book, maybe even an autobiography :-))
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
"It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are." - Roy Disney
What advice would you give to someone who has just left university and wishes to start in the profession?
Be prepared to accept critique (it might just be the thing that makes you a great journalist), don't you ever say you know everything, keep learning and studying every day and the most important one ... do this because you truly love it, not because it would be cool to meet famous people.