Jurica Grosinger [swoopzg]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
health, lifestyle & home improvement topics.
In which media do you presently work or have you worked?
PlanB & tportal.hr web portal. I'm a columnist over there. I have worked as a travel & hospitality journalist (covering unique hotels) for Elle Decoration Croatia, Insider magazine and Business for Life magazine. I also did editorial work at the Insider magazine.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
What is "news"?
It is difficult finding the proper definition when explaining what is news. In my opinion news is and should be made of immediate events that were happening in the close proximity either from a geographical standpoint or other points of interest (e.g. economical, social, etc.). It should be prominent to the reader, sometimes even odd or slightly bizarre, but not necessarily. Nowadays, it can also represent a conflict between two or more parties; it should evoke suspense, awake emotions. It should leave an impact to the reader and make him/her think about the consequences of the covered event.
To you, what is objectivity?
Being objective means covering a topic without any bias from the writer, especially in the field of investigatory journalism, but it is not exclusive to that field only.
What is the best headline you have ever read?
There are way too many to name just one.
Which paper do you buy on Sundays? Where do you read it?
I don't buy Sunday paper. I read, i.e. follow all media online.
Does freedom of expression end where the editorial line begins?
It happens more and more, but should not be the case. Freedom of expression or coverage should not be formed on the basis of financial aspects of the magazine.
Do you feel that analytical and investigative journalism is being lost?
Not necessarily, the professionalism is declining. Everyone is calling themselves journalists nowadays.
With a camera on every mobile phone, is every citizen becoming a correspondent?
To some extent yes, unfortunately.
How would you explain the boom of the tabloid press?
Current fashion in the world of instantaneity.
What is your position regarding the right to privacy of famous people?
Everyone's right to privacy should be protected. Although there is a fine line between private and public among famous people, their private time should be respected.
What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
Let the interviewee talk more. Give precise, short and direct, but always polite questions. Never cross the line of common decency. Relax, whoever is sitting in front of you is also a human being with the same basic needs you have. Enjoy getting to know different people, their views and lives. Always, ALWAYS prepare yourself properly. Have a glass of water before the interview.
Would you say the journalism blog is revolutionizing the profession?
It's liberating the market, but at the same it is hurting professional journalism & unbiased reporting.
Will the paper press disappear?
Eventually, yes, it will disappear.
What are your thoughts of the free papers distributed in cities?
They can be okay if they are funded by the local government, especially the local tourism, culture and sports organizations. I don't usually read them or read them rarely.
Is there a motto or ethical principle that clarifies your decisions in moments of confusion?
Be true to yourself, be polite and maintain a high level of professionalism.