The date is coming much closer for me, and this book is more than just a labour of love and truth: it is essential to be blunt and honest about how journalism destroyed itself.
The book chronicles the destruction of the profession in the West: the UK to a degree, the US in a more devastating manner after November 2016, but also how Canadian journalism was absolutely decimated by its own obliviousness and pettiness that is still transparent in an industry who still believes that it is a thing.
The book covers how this profession destroyed itself as well as why. I pull no punches.
But I also discuss how we can get our information back. There is no easy or simple solutions, but there are solutions.
There was an enormous amount of research that went into this book, and different kinds of research. Over the years, I have spent an enormous amount of time researching everything from laws to j-school education to the business of journalism to the product. Tens of thousands of articles, books, academic studies, and the like were scoured and studied by me to make this book a worthwhile read. Dismiss what I tell you at your own peril. Denial is for the cowardly.
For anyone who wonders whatever happened to journalism, the answers are there in black and white and are meant to be read all over.
I will be writing more about this book in the next few weeks. As usual, if you have something intelligent to say to me, this is the forum to do it. I am not going to indulge that troll scroll known as Twitter. If I haven't done it until now, there is a reason, and if you wish to throw a temper tantrum in my direction, just remember: I am not your mother and I do not indulge rage puke from anyone.
For the record, I am hard at work on other projects, and more on that in the coming weeks.
I will say this much: yes, there are other books in the works that are even more provocative than When Journalism Was a Thing. Yes, F.R.E.E.D. is coming along, and I also have more to say about that later. Yes, A Dangerous Woman Story Studio's hiatus is coming to an end, and if you miss reading it, I am putting quite a few short stories into circulation over on my Ello page, along with my notes on Matriarchal Storytelling.
And yes, Chaser Investigative News Services is coming back in a very different form, as I will be merging the four together.
For those of you who read my first two books, Don't Believe It!: Hows lies become news, and OutFoxed: Rupert Murdoch's was on journalism, you will get a modern and deeper analysis as my new book picks up where those two left off.
I am grateful to Zero Books for taking on this unusual project.
And I am also grateful that I had the opportunity to pursue my passion of reinventing media.
If you have any questions, you know where to find me...