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There was a great segment on KQED Forum the other day with NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers. Throughout the segment, she talked about the power of reporting. She tells the story of when she was called to Bahrain for a government press conference about how all the protests were settled, and heard instead of how there was brutal crackdown going on in a nearby town that very day, rushed to the scene, and were able to report the substance rather than the government-controlled show.
But perhaps the best moment comes at the end of the interview, reproduced below. (It starts about about minute 47:48 in the audio file.)
Caller: I was in Syria too, and it really bothers me that people like you that have such a rare and important experience, that you don't give your own opinion. For instance why President Obama... or criticize him for not getting rid of Assad like he got rid of Quaddafi. And I know your editors and people try to control it and won't let you but I think you could do that now and maybe you could just give me your comments. It must be very frustrating that you don't give your opinion on what should be done. You just report a story.
McEvers: Well, guess what? The people's opinions are much more valuable than my opinion. Like I was just a conduit. I'll never forget this one woman. I was at a funeral in a village in rebel-controlled Syria and it was the first guy to die in this village. And I was on the women's side, with the mourning, and this woman looked at me and she "Where is America? Where is Obama? What? Syrian children aren't as good as Libyan children?" She said "You know something? We're not going to forget this. We're not going to forget that you forgot about us." And all I had to do was report that line. I'm sorry but I feel like that's 10,000 times more powerful than me getting up like some TV pundit and spouting my opinion. That's who I am. I'm a journalist. That's my job."
How right she is. What you choose to report is, of course, an expression of your opinion. But the power of doing it directly, with other people's voices, is profound. Being a channel for otherwise unheard voices that matter can be so much more effective than explicit editorializing.
On opinion isn't exercising judgment. The judgement if a journalist is in what they report. Their personal opinion on what they report is not journaling the events. Being objective is difficult in reporting because we all see the world through the filters of our experiences and opinions.
When journalists provide their opinion as part of the report they not only escape what is going on, but increase the difficulty of being objective and letting their opinion color the story in a way that may, indeed likely often, lack veracity.
The easy example is the reporter who is against an action being taken in the event he or she is reporting on. This bias can, and often does, prevent them from exploring "the whole picture" instead fixating on what they believe to be the negative aspects. This isn't usually conscious effort, the human brain seems wired to filter out that which causes cognitive dissonance.
Consider further your apt use of the phrase "the whole picture". A reporter's opinion is not part of the picture in any way. It is an external concept brought to the scene or formed as a result of witnessing the scene.
If a reporter feels the need to express their opinion, let it follow suit and be expressed outside of the context of reporting on the story. This isn't a new concept. The newspapers, for example, had news articles and editorials. The editorial was opinion expressed about articles, not in them. Given the abundance of ways and means for a journalist to express their opinion outside if a news report, there is no reason for it to be in the report.
On a fun factoid note, biologists are using DOIs for large mammals that travel across study areas/jurisdictions. (I learned that factoid at an AGU geoinformatics meeting.)
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