Today’s journalism leaves no one indifferent. The controversial treatment of certain events in recent years has put the profession in the spotlight. By way of criticism, the writer and journalist Berna González Harbor has presented her latest novel, ‘El pozo’ in ‘La Ventana’. It tells the story of Greta Cadaqués, a television reporter who is sent to cover the case of a girl who has fallen into a well on the outskirts of Madrid (a case that bears many similarities to that of the boy Julen). A young journalist, who dreams of her great opportunity, who has doubts, who does not want to fall into trash TV, into sensationalism, despite the fact that her bosses demand it.
González has confessed, in the first place, a common attitude in journalism professionals: “That acceleration of journalism, which I am sure is shared by other highly vocational professions, that when you have your sights set on covering something, everything is subordinate.” However, he has urged that this way of acting is not correct: “Do not follow the customs of Greta.”
In the novel’s epilogue, titled “Reasons to be a journalist,” González has spoken with some professional colleagues. Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Àngels Barceló, Eva Orué, or some colleagues from this house, such as Sara Vítores, Brian Pérez or Carles Francino are some of the participants. The writer has affirmed that they all agree in the way of telling stories: “They are my friends, people with whom I have come across in my career and we have shared things. I started the book as a brutal self-criticism of all journalists, and as I progressed with Greta, she wonders the meaning of her work ”.
Despite being a harsh and critical novel, the writer has no doubts about the profession: “I believe in journalism. I believe in the need for this job to meet people that we could not otherwise ”. However, he has clarified that there is an air of change: “The pressure of the audience accompanied by the pressure of the networks generates a current from which it seems that you cannot escape, it is forcing young journalists to do practices that have nothing to do with decency ”.
González also wanted to tell the reason why he wrote ‘El pozo’: “I feel like I owed something to journalism. I had not dared, but I realized that something is happening in my world. The tectonic plates of journalism are reeling. “