September 19, 2005

Spot news roundup

I've previously mentioned my feelings on my first experience in the journalism world, but I guess I just can't get over the fact that I was brave and successfully completed the assignment. Researching and reporting my findings was different and exciting than anything I had done before. I was nervous about "going out into the real world," but I went with a group from class and it went well. I liked the feeling of asking strangers questions and jotting notes down in my little notepad. The respect I received from my interviewees was thrilling, too. Once I told them I was writing an article, they seemed to put some actual thought into their answers. Unforunately, they'd eventually ask what the article was for and I could only answer "for class." I think most of them enjoyed the thought of being quoted in the "Setonian." Hey, I still have one more year; maybe I'll get published yet.

Posted by KatherineLambert at September 19, 2005 12:59 PM

That's really interesting. I know when I interviewed people, one person wouldn't say anything until I assured her that this article would never be published.!

Posted by: Johanna at September 20, 2005 10:52 AM

Some people at SHU are very careful about giving out information, especially when they fear the Setonian might use it... I've talked to several of our reporters who have already had trouble getting people to answer piercing questions for the first issue.

It can be frustrating, but I think one of the skills that journalists have to develop is the ability to work around the inhibitions of their sources and get the information they want via crafty questioning.

Prompt them with rumors or facts that you get from other sources; I think that should help.

Posted by: ChrisU at September 21, 2005 10:34 AM

I experienced that sudden respect from "interviewees" as well. I went up to one source in particular after the honor's convocation and introduced myself. He looked at me like, "...and why should I care who you are," until I told him I was writing an article. Then he was all smiles...

Posted by: David Denninger at September 26, 2005 05:17 PM
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