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Brand Selvia

Two ideas still at the core of your local news

Posted Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at 1:20 PM
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    This was a good read. Well done.

    While you make a distinction between "national media" and "local media"(and rightly so for the most part, in my opinion), you don't make a distinction between a run-of-the-mill journalist (not as a slight but as someone who just wants to report the facts) and an investigative journalist (as someone who believes/knows there is a story but must do some digging).

    Do you believe there is a difference? Just as news commentators are not journalists (although there is a lot of blurriness there in the "national media"), should there be some kind of distinction between "just the facts" and "where's the story", especially in a smaller organization such as the BG?

    And how do these different facets of reporting play in a news organization such as the BG?

    I ask b/c there was another poster on another story who intimated that there were shenanigans afoot in the PCSD and that he had enough information to write something up, yet I do not recall seeing anything about it in the BG.

    Where does the journalist draw the line between just reporting the facts as presented and wondering (in the form of questions) whether there is something the public should know but isn't being told?

    This is the basis behind my comment of wanting the BG reporters to ask questions... not that they need to question everything, but its odd that nothing ever seems questioned. (Perhaps that is just the perspective from where I watch.)

    Michael Zinny (spelled wrong, I am sure) was an aspiring reporter at the BG many years ago. And he was always looking for "the story", asking questions, and sometimes making those in positions of authority just a bit uncomfortable. Not b/c he was political (even though he may have been) but b/c he thought there were things that every citizen/taxpayer should know.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Thu, Jan 30, 2020, at 8:55 AM
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