Eight Questions for Serena Tinari (Switzerland)


Her Motto: Re-check, Investigating and Mapping Health Affairs. Investigative journalism meets Evidence Based Medicine. @RecheckHealth


1. Why did you become a journalist?

Since I was a child, I felt outraged by injustice. I thought to become a lawyer or a judge. Life brought me to investigative journalism instead.  

2. How did you become a (successful) journalist?

At the age of 22, I was doing photocopies at an amazing monthly paper in Rome. I hopped from one media to the next for years and I was never afraid of leaving a position, if ethics and standards were not resonating with me.

3. What advice would you give to aspiring journalists?

Get lots of hands-on training. Read plenty of books and good papers. Get inspiration, mentorship from senior reporters. Don't believe any media hype.

4. What do you love about today's journalism?

A thoroughly researched story, an investigation in the public interest can cross the borders and reach a global audience.

5. In your opinion, what are today's major challenges in journalism?

The tendency to copy paste without double-checking and a flair for cheerleading are serious issues. Journalism schools and newsrooms should provide specific training to avoid such dangerous traps.

6. How do you find stories that are newsworthy?

Often it happens under the shower or vacuum cleaning my flat. Suddenly kind of a sparkle and an idea for a story is there. I also read a lot and I am an obsessive researcher.

7. How does an ideal workday look like for you?

Positive mood and a bright brain, not too much time lost on email, social media, and administrative burden are best conditions for a productive workday.

8. In your opinion, what does the future of journalism look like?

Increasingly split between well researched and public interest oriented work, and scandal oriented "trash" reporting. Citizen journalism and computer-assisted reporting are already challenging our professional landscape. I badly wish that the journalists of tomorrow will stay critical and stick to the highest ethics and standards.