I wrote a great deal at university, but I was most proud of this seminar paper.
It’s a little long but if you have any interest in the New Journalism or ‘Gonzo’ then give it a read.
The New Journalism – Seminar Paper
By George Berridge
In his Nobel Prize speech, the Canadian writer Saul Bellow said the following: “[There is] an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.”
What the writer of Mr Sammler’s Planet managed to do here, I believe, is sum up how New Journalism came into being.
A while back I took part in a Guardian discussion on the question “Are BA Journalism courses worth it?”
We had a great panel and some of the comments are well worth a read:
A remarkable, vivid and highly original first novel, HHhH binds together true journalistic skill and literary flair to create a work that is not just striking but piercing.
Behind the bloodied curtains of wartime Europe, the puppetmaster of the Third Reich tweaks and pulls the strings. The names remembered from school – Goebbels, Röhm, Himmler – perform the gruesome routine of manipulation and murder. The puppetmaster goes unnoticed. Continue reading
“My brother and I had been playing in the living room when the bomb went off.
The shock wave was so intense, the windows to our flat exploded”.
Edisa Korugic was only a young girl when Yugoslavia collapsed and the Bosnian War began. Through the determination of a recently widowed mother and some good fortune they escaped one of the most brutal conflicts of the 20th century. Now she is working to prevent such atrocities ever being committed again.
“My mother, my brother and I were living in a village called Donji Vakuf when the fighting started. We were living in the flat at the very top of a multi-story building.
“One day a Bosniak placed a bomb on the nearby bridge and detonated it in order to cut off the Serbs’ way into town. The shock wave was so intense the windows of our flat exploded. My brother and I were playing in the living room. My mum ran towards us to check whether we’d been hurt: we hadn’t. So my mum packed a bag with a few clothes and the most important documents and took us down to the basement, like everyone else in the building. Continue reading
Here’s an edited version of a recent interview with the editor of Empire, Mark Dinning.
I’ll put up a full version of the interview soon: Continue reading
My video news packages for Winchester News Online can be seen on my YouTube channel, here.*
*This is not complete. More work will be uploaded shortly.
I was asked to blog for Journalism.co.uk’s news:rewired – digital stories conference.
My work can be seen here.