Old hack versus new: who delivers best?

JOURNALISM has changed, but is it better for it? That is the question BBC Radio Scotland is tomorrow seeking to answer.

Old Hack, New tricks – set to air at half-past eleven tomorrow morning – sees an ‘old school newspaper hack’ go up against a ‘fresh, multimedia maestro’ in an attempt to establish whether traditional newsgathering methods or technology delivers the best results.

The two reporters – one walking the streets, the other sitting behind a desk with only the internet and his mobile phone for company – were tasked with finding stories specific to the village of Cellardyke in Fife.

And Bill Heaney, a former award-winning editor of the Lennox Herald, plus Joan McAlpine, former Ecosse editor at Sunday Times Scotland, now turned columnist for The Scotsman newspaper, have been challenged to identify the source of each story, in addition to choosing which one made for better reading.

Heaney commended the programme’s producer, David Stenhouse, for the insightful thinking behind the experiment.

“This was an interesting idea from the programme producer as it is something which is widely discussed among journalists at the moment,” he told allmediascotland.