My first major break as a writer came when Vice published a piece I wrote about traveling to Cuba. I spent several years writing sporadically for Vice, usually under a pseudonym. This, however, was the first Vice piece I published under my real name. I’m still quite proud of it, despite the controversy it caused.
If a journalist relies too much on PR people, if she’s lazy or afraid to ruin relationships, she’ll end up writing pieces that are more or less advertisements. Many, many stories in big newspapers are actually written by hard-working PR people behind the scenes and then transmitted to the public via a so-called “journalist.” PR influences journalism in the same way lobbyists influence Congress.