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October 10, 2005

Kovach and Rosenstiel Chapter 6

In an era when reporters, in my opinion, are viewed with skepticism, Susan Kelleher’s journalistic approach is refreshing. She’s honest. She’s honest with her sources. Kellerher let’s them know up front that “once they agree to talk to [her], that’s it. They no longer have control.” She further lets them know that she’ll be in a sense investigating them. In her story about infertility abuses, her honesty paid off. She won a Pulitzer Prize (125).

Posted by NancyGregg at October 10, 2005 10:32 PM


Learning about Kelleher's approach to her job really impressed me too. If more people had experience with reporters like that, I don't think they would be viewed so negatively. I know from my limited experiences with reporters that I am usually skeptical of them, and I certainly haven't ever been interviewed for any investigative reporting. So, I can understand why someone who might be a source for an investigation would also be skeptical. So I hope other journalists can learn from Kelleher's example, including all of us in newswriting, so that journalists are respected more for the job that they do.

Posted by: Lorin Schumacher at October 12, 2005 8:04 PM