Jerome Whittingham is a renowned freelance photographer, writer and podcast producer, commissioned by a wide range of organisations and enterprises to tell their stories. Such a background in storytelling gives a natural interest in books and writing, so learning about Jerome's most impactful books was an intriguing part of his appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast.
The first thing noted by Jerome was that the majority of the work he reads is non-fiction, whether that's reports, academic books or books about journalism. This makes some sense, as someone so integrated into the world of journalism and non-fiction writing is likely to find themselves fascinated by whatever work comes from that same world of telling real-life stories. This also shows the passion with which Whittingham views his profession, as something to be engrossed in as often as possible rather than just a meaningless job that he can switch off from at 5 pm on a weeknight.
One author that Jerome was sure to mention was Hans Rosling, a statistician with a passion for presenting data in interesting and entertaining ways. One study that Jerome specifically talked about of Rosling's was one in which he asked chimpanzees and people of a range of demographics a similar series of questions, resulting in not a single group scoring higher than the chimpanzees because of their natural biases.
This made Jerome feel better about his role as a journalist, as it was demonstrative that people were negative to the job because it's "our biases that are making us feel this way". Rosling's work has been revolutionary in the world of statistics, and it's easy to see why a non-fiction writer would feel so drawn towards these intriguing representations of the very world that we all live in.
If you'd like to learn more about Jerome Whittingham, his profession, and exactly how he sees the world, listen to his appearance on the Pig Wrestling Podcast. He goes into depth in a wide variety of fascinating topics, making this episode a must-listen for anyone seeking to broaden their horizons or expand their method of thinking.
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