NR&W 5 pt 1

As a Creative Writer I’ve understood the importance of dialogue in a story because it reveals how the characters are interacting with the plot; in journalism, the same ideas are present with a different format. Quotes drive the story in journalism, moving the story forward and providing important details. Similar to creative writing quotes and dialogue can tell the story. However, facts need to be researched by the reporter, not just being taken word for from the person being quoted, even if the quote is from someone important–especially if the quote is from someone important!

Being accurate is just as important and makes the interview more fair. I totally agree with everything about this statement and reading behind it, which is why I recorded every interview I’ve done for this class so far and plan to continue doing so. Recording interviews gives a level of fairness because quotes and context can be directly checked by the reporter and editor. This is why I think quoting from social media can be dangerous, context sometimes lost in the melting pot that is the internet.


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NR&W Appendix 3

“Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly, even when it is unpopular to do so.”

This is both a matter of newsworthiness, bias, and professionalism. Lots of things happen everyday, but it is the job of a journalist to be able to recognize when something of the human experience qualifies as newsworthy. Not having a bias can be difficult in a story that does need to be covered, especially one of great human importance. Having the emotional strength to go through with asking difficult questions about a story is just as important, making sure that the reason the story is being told is clear; the experience Dr. Jertz had with reporting a story about the father that accidentally killed his child with the lawn mower demonstrates my point.

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