Is it possible to constantly be at work and on vacation at the same time? The answer is very simple... of course it is! A great example is the editor-in-chief of TELEPRO, Janusz Kolodziej, with whom we had an inspiring conversation.  

What skills do you consider key for a journalist and how do you work on developing them? 

In my case, from the very beginning of thinking about this profession, which is really from childhood, there was a curiosity (about the world, people, history, places, events, smells, tastes, etc.). This was followed by the ability, and then the necessity, to absorb current images and content from virtually every field. I cultivate and nurture this curiosity every day. It continues to motivate me brilliantly.  

Another must-have skill is responsibility for what one writes, says, and shows. And finally, professionalism, seemingly obvious, but not today. 

What is the most important task of a journalist these days? 

Not only now, but in my opinion, the most important thing in this profession is respect for the reader, viewer, and listener. This is what I learned from the old journalists, editors, and film critics I had the opportunity to meet at the beginning of my career. This is what I always follow regardless of the moment of history and circumstances. Unfortunately, a lack of respect for the viewer is a dominant feature of the current Polish media.  

What do you think the ideal relationship between PR and journalism should look like? 

Exclusively partnered and focused on one common goal.  

How will AI affect the work of journalists 1 year from now? 

It is already definitely having an impact. Although in our country a bit slower, as Polish media are always a few steps behind. However, in a year or two AI will perhaps generate elaborate articles. Of course, more or less worthy of attention, evaluation, and in-depth analysis. 

Finish the sentence: if I do not write, then...  

I read. 

How do you deal with the stress, criticism, and possible pressures that come with working in the media? Do you manage to maintain a healthy balance between your professional work and personal life? 

Since the beginning of the "new" Poland, with short breaks, I have been pursuing my original ideas and projects. I invite to them only authors whom I have known for a long time, appreciate professionally, and privately most often also like. There is no problem with text quality or timeliness.  I'm also lucky with cooperating publishers who try not to bother me while remembering that goods must cost money and not necessarily profit.  
In such circumstances, I am the sole decision-maker for virtually everything, including the content of my future publications and the current online version, and I fully accept the consequences of this responsibility. Work-life balance does not apply to me, because I have always professionally done what I like. And I like what I do. However, I know the aforementioned perturbations mostly from the stories of my professional colleagues. Probably because I've always organized my life in such a way as to be constantly at work and on vacation at the same time, which has worked out great and continues to work so far.  

How do the two issues of social media and remote work come together? 

They probably integrally merge, but in my case, they don't. I don't function in social media permanently, and I've been working remotely for many, many years, so it's normal for me. 

 

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MEET THE MEDIA: MICHAŁ GARBACZUK, MANAGER-REPORT 

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MEET THE MEDIA: TOMASZ POPIELARCZYK, ANTYWEB.PL 

MEET THE MEDIA: MACIEJ SAMCIK, SUBIEKTYWNIEOFINANSACH.PL 

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MEET THE MEDIA: PAWEŁ PILARCZYK, ITBIZNES.PL 

MEET THE MEDIA: KATARZYNA MAZUR, HOME&MARKET 

MEET THE MEDIA: KATARZYNA DZIEWICKA, REDAKTORKA NACZELNA FLEETLOG.PL