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Danish reporters: Well-dressed, polite and loved

When it comes to surveys of the respect in which people are held in Britain, journalists generally come somewhere at the bottom among politicians and estate agents. In Denmark, it seems, reporters are polite, well dressed, explain the purpose of the interview clearly. And when the story is published 95 per cent of the sources say they have been quoted accurately.

Kristine Lowe examines the survey which is in the latest issue of the trade mag Journalisten, and appears under the heading: “Excuse me – may I ask one tiny critical question?”

She suggests the results arise from reporters getting too close to their sources. Seven out of ten of respondents had been interviewed more than ten times in the past three years.

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