Humility, of one kind or another, is a quality we don’t universally celebrate in our business. For all of the effective skewering done by Stephen Colbert and The Onion, we still suffer from an industrial predisposition toward feigned, instant expertise.

Evan Osnos, On Slow Journalism (The New Yorker)

Evan Osnos writes of his friend and colleague, Paul Salopek, who has just embarked on a 7 year journey around the world (on foot):

He set off a week or so ago from Herto Bouri, Ethiopia, bound, first, for the Red Sea. The Out of Eden Walk is being chronicled in real time—blogging, publishing, tweeting—and then, of course, there will be the longer pieces. But all the technical accommodations can make it easy to overlook that the essential project is something we don’t see much of anymore, a kind of reporting Paul calls “slow journalism”—the process of reporting at “a human pace of three miles an hour.”

FJP: It’s a magnificent thought and a magnificent project. We’ve posted about slow news before—it’s something we care a lot for—so check out the archives here.

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