A real journalist will always choose sacrifice over compromise
Interview with Ecaterina Lupaşcu


The journalist Ecaterina Lupaşcu speaks about Marian Coman’s work at the newspaper, what journalism means today, the qualities of a good journalist and the job satisfactions.

Carmen Dumitru:
How is Marian Coman seen as a journalist by the editorial staff?
Ecaterina Lupaşcu: First of all, Marian Coman is a very good columnist. He has an extraordinary capacity for analysis. But, what is more (an essential quality for being a good journalist), Marian Coman feels the subject. He is inherently curious, avid for information, he has flair, and he smells the subject.

C.D.: Are there any differences between Marian Coman the man, the writer and the journalist?
E.L.: Obviously there are.
First of all, Marian Coman is for me a fellow worker, with good and bad things, who has to put up with me every day, with good and bad things.
As a journalist, he is inconvenient, courageous. The journalist Marian Coman never says everything, because he isn’t trying to impose his point of view in what he writes. He only launches the idea and challenges the readers to debate. And the result is amazing, because this is the hardest thing for a journalist nowadays, to challenge the reader, to get him out of his state of weariness, commodity, laziness and indifference and determine him to get involved. And if through the printed edition of the newspaper this thing is not palpable, in the online edition you have a permanent feedback on every written word.
As far as the writer Marian Coman is concerned, I think the awards he has already received say everything, he is a writer of the new wave, SF is his strong point, and he is one of those young writers that are trying to un-dust the literary work.

C.D.: How do editors succeed in practicing a professional journalism these days?
E.L.: With lots of sacrifices. And a real journalist will always choose sacrifice over compromise.

C.D.: What is the atmosphere in the editorial office of a local newspaper?
E.L.: In a local editorial office there is a lot of work. A local newspaper doesn’t afford to pay an army of men, that’s why each journalist has to cover a more complex domain. Then, the ‘hot’ subjects aren’t handed to you on a plate; they need a lot of research. In the local press it’s very important to work as a team, not to have egos because everyone is important, from the secretary that takes the phone calls to the last man that puts the stamp ‘ready to be published’. Of course, the person in the marketing department is equally important, because we write ‘in the superlative’ in vain if he doesn’t know how to sell our work at the correct price.

C.D.: What would be the description of the journalist today?
E.L.: He must be ambitious, tenacious, incorruptible, one that cannot be blackmailed, willing to give up more of his own time, a ‘long distance runner’. Tactful, honest, and very smart, the readers’ taste has refined a lot in the past years; you must be a good researcher to support your every word with proofs (from three sources, of course).

C.D.: What satisfactions does a journalist have from his job?
E.L.: A big gain in the newspaper’s circulation, lots of publicity because practically this means you’re searched on the market, so you’re good, an anonymous phone call to be congratulated, many accesses on the net and many comments.
You’re mad with pleasure when you come close to a group in the park, they obviously have no idea who you are, and they’re holding the newspaper, dissecting your article on all parts and you hear them say: this girl (boy) did a good job!

Ecaterina Lupaşcu
(born 19 May 1969) is assistant editor-in-chief at Obiectiv - Vocea Brăilei newspaper.
She was the local representant of the Club Europa nongovernmental organization, the coordinator of the InfoReg Project on the South-East Region (2000); local correspondent for the AgroMagazin newspaper (2004) and the Profitul Agricol magazine (2005); collaborator to Programul de promovare şi implementare a metodelor agriculturii ecologice pentru reducerea poluării cu substanţe agrochimice în bazinul hidrografic al Dunării de Jos, developed in Brăila by Biotech Foundation in Bucharest, financed by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and administered by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) (2005); local collaborator to the Cooperarea intersectorială pentru un bun management al calităţii apei pe cursul inferior al Dunării project, developed in Brăila by The Romanian Ornithological Society (SOR) and The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) (2006); producer of the TV show ‘Hoinari prin Bărăgan’, broadcast by the local TV network Antena 1 Galaţi – Brăila (2007-2009).


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