We abandoned maritime journalism in 2009 to go into maritime blogging. Since then, we’ve been invited a couple of times to write for certain international publications. But we’ve almost always declined. The maritime press is not what it used to be. With very few exceptions, it has become insipid and uninspired – like the coffee served in some popular coffeehouses.

Even so, we still hold out hope that the maritime media, both digital and print, will evolve into something better than it is at the moment. It’s a challenge made tougher by the downsizing of editorial staffs, the cutthroat battle for advertising revenues and the demands of the internet. In such an unforgiving environment, we nevertheless hope that the more enlightened amongst maritime publishers and journalists would strive toward certain changes:

1. total rejection of copy-and-paste journalism
2. reduced dependence on press releases
3. more interpretative reporting
4. better informed maritime reporters
5. more human interest stories
6. greater attention to maritime art and culture

It’s not necessary for the maritime press to re-invent itself. What is needed is for all those concerned to re-dedicate themselves to the traditional ideal and overriding mission of journalism: to help readers make better sense of what is happening and to do so with integrity and wisdom. ~Barista Uno


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