The Public and The Statue
"People don't see what you think they see. They see what they think they saw." - Dick Wald
This reminds me of the quote: "Women hear what they want to hear."
I believe this to be true. Our readers at Setonian aren't going to want to read about a horrible SHU game. They're going to want and look for a positive spin.
Similarly, Setonian readers have different views on Dr. Boyle's speeches. We may hear and interpret what she said one way (as students), but faculty or the Sisters may hear it another way.
We have to make sure we cover both sides and we're fair to both sides. Like Haiman writes of taking advantage of interviewees, we can't take advantage of our readership either. The incident with the red (then blue, then red again) sculpture that was outside of Lynch (then LECOM, then down the hill) wasn't covered as well as I thought it should have.
Writers were definitly on the side of the students (angered) and I found Boyle or the board's voice (the people who made the decision) were lost under it. Maybe we didn't ask the right questions or maybe Boyle was trying to avoid conceeding defeat, but we didn't get good supportive quotes.
Also, talk of the statue quieted down. In the time that it was hidden away, there should have been articles (an on-going issue) that was covered in the Setonian to keep and add readership. As Mark Whitaker said: "The greatest threat to the news magazine these days is people who do not follow the news. What helps you develop that habit is a big, huge, ongoing news story."
Now the statue is repainted, down the hill, and I haven't seen an article about it.