Ideally, all parties participate equally in the creation of a story. Ideally, we’d all get a pony.
[Originally delivered as a speech on World Press Freedom day]
The reporter is not your friend—and you should be glad of that.
Well, okay, the reporter can be your friend, but she’s the honest friend who tells you yeah, your butt does look big in that. He’s the friend who stands between you and that bully and says, ‘You don’t have the right to speak to her like that!’ And then turns to you and says, ‘And neither do you.’
The reporter is the friend that tells you what your other friends are saying about you. Whether you want to hear it or not.
The reporter is the friend who tells you what you did was wrong, and who still visits you in jail. They don’t hate you when you don’t agree; they don’t like you just because you do.
It never struck me until I started working at a newspaper just how it felt for people to see their name in the headline. Good news or bad, it’s a shock.
And it never struck me until I started working at a newspaper just how it felt to put your name in the byline day after day. By far, the response to the work we do at the Daily Post is positive. But when the response is negative, you feel it deeply. Read more “The reporter is not your friend”