Thursday, January 5, 2012

reporting and news-writing

Journalists have a tough job. They sit through an hour-long speech or news conference by the President or some other public figure and then have to pick out, for us readers, 750 words that are news-worthy. It's refreshing when a reporter tells what the event was like -- the "color" or background information that puts us readers in the audience. Journalistic professionalism shuns such reporting, leaving it to opinion writers.

Today Dana Milbank has a marvelous column describing Mitt Romney's actual forum in New Hampshire, including weak jokes, grimaces, and audience reactions. I wish more reporters would write these kinds of stories.

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