Ed Driscoll

Two Kinds Of Parachute Journalism

Dropping into a story you know nothing about and trying to make sense of the players (especially when they have no desire to talk to you because they sense a hatchet job in the works) is typically an old media recipe for disaster–and increasingly so in the age of the Blogosphere, where the subjects of the story can easily rip holes in the story’s narrative. (Related thoughts here and here.)

Parachute photojournalism on the other hand, can often lead to spectacular results.