Creative reporting

Marco Arment on his blog:

Almost every time I’ve talked to a reporter has gone this way: they had already decided the narrative beforehand. I’m never being asked for information — I’m being used for quotes to back up their predetermined story, regardless of whether it’s true. (Consider this when you read the news.) Misquotes usually aren’t mistakes — they’re edited, consciously or not, to say what the reporter needs them to say.

This is interesting, and I think something important that needs repeated. I was interviewed about my short documentary Portrait two years ago. I was so incredibly disappointed when the article came out.

The article had quite nice things to say about my film. In a sentence. Followed by a quote from me that sounds so painfully obvious and abstracted from the conversation (about my film, photography, and Instagram), that it did nothing but use me as an "expert" on the topic to back up the article's thesis. 

I never took a journalism class in college, so I won't pretend to be an authority here. But it's interesting to note that news stories you read often have their conclusion from the onset – they just need to find the facts to support that story.

Oh, hey. Big Cartel was mentioned by The New York Times this week. Cool.

Andy Newman