The great newspaperman and comic/detective novelist discusses journalism, esp. environmental journalism, with Curtis Brainard:
Newspaper cutbacks are a recurring theme in your novels. How do you see them affecting environmental journalism?
They’re a grave threat, because the first things that tend to go are investigative and explanatory journalists. Everything becomes shorter and more bite-sized. Environmental journalism can be complicated. It’s one of the most important things to do, yet it’s also one of the first things they start hacking at.
Amen. I've managed to place a few longer stories in recent months, but it ain't easy, and only a fool would do it for the money. Good to see a genial man like Hiassen find a way to make it work.
Irony is that the interview with the journalist bemoaning cuts is too short!