It speaks volumes about the current state of the regional newspaper industry that the author of the feature on pages 18 and 19 of this issue felt the need to remain anonymous.
Instead, he’s assumed the pseudonym of Samuel Pecke – a 17th century journalist who joined the ranks because it paid relatively well – to make his observations about disillusionment among his colleagues, particularly about pay, and to air his concerns about the future of the profession.
The irony should not be lost.
He works in an industry whose raison d’Ãªtre is to shine a light on the darker corners of the world so that others may understand them better. And yet daren’t publicly turn on the torch in his own back yard for fear of management reprisals.