Journalism is a curious profession.
I want to know everything about everyone, but I do not want everyone to know everything about me.
I sit down across from a source and want to know everything about their story. Why do you do what you do? How much does this cost? Is this needed? What are some challenges that you face?
The above are just a few questions that I regularly ask people. I expect (or hope) that a source tells me the whole story, but it seems, as of late, they want to know what I think about his or her story.
This makes me feel a bit uncomfortable. In times when many, many people lambast the mainstream media for its supposed biases, I do not like sharing any opinion on what I’m writing about.
Don’t get me wrong – I think we can all agree that philanthropy and charitable causes are great for communities like Fishers, but when it comes down to it, I just do not like commenting on what I’m writing about.
Sometimes I let my guard down and what I’m thinking slips. I don’t like when that happens. At the same time, I try not to be evasive to the point of being stand-offish or just plain rude.
What I’m getting at is, please don’t be offended if it seems like I’m measuring my words and constructing a reaction. Because I am.
Just please understand that I’m trying to balance a lot of one things at once. Do I have the whole the story? Is there anything else I need to ask? Remember to be friendly and approachable. How will my story be structured?
I’d prefer to keep “what is my opinion about this” off that list of things to think about – because it shouldn’t, and ultimately doesn’t, matter.
As I have said in past columns, I have sincerely enjoyed learning about people in Fishers and getting to know the community. I will tell you this much: There are some extraordinary stories to tell in this community.
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