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Confessions of a police assassin: fine journalism

The Guardian has a long form, investigative piece detailing confessions of a police assassin which is also a great example of fine journalism. The article is titled “Confessions of a killer policeman” and it definitely falls into what many would consider TL;DR.


Just when people predict the death of good quality, long form journalism, I look to publications like The Guardian that still invest time and money into important work like this.

I don’t always agree with everything The Guardian publishes but this kind of journalism is worth supporting. The Guardian is also one of the many publications testing alternative revenue models. In particular, it offers a membership option where readers can make regular contributions to support the publication and receive more value in the process.

My theory about the future of news is that we will see high quality, investigative journalism become a niche that its readers will pay for as mainstream media skews towards the inane.

I hope I am at least correct that great journalism will survive into the future. The prospect of a world dominated by meaningless clickbait is depressing.

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One response to “Confessions of a police assassin: fine journalism

  1. nuclearpengy avatar

    I’m quite interested in value first publishing.

    Producing quality content takes time and effort and it obviously needs to be paid for; well, it can’t all be done for free.

    Additionally, we’re all limited in terms of how much time we have to consume/absorb/invest in reading content so I think cleaner, slicker, faster performing high quality sites will eventually become popular and I think there is a lot of room for some interesting monetisation models and tools to be developed to help support them.

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