Lately, I thought a lot about how this ancient, ego-driven mindset is still very much ingrained in many journalists. Not just longtime employees, no, even in young journalists this romanticized view of their work is living and breathing.
It’s a culture, and cultures are hard to change. Let’s take a look at the conventional way a journalist approaches a story.
There’s an idea, perhaps the journalist heard, experienced, saw something he or she thinks might interest the public.
The journalist starts his research. He or she will end up with a lot of material, different possibilities to tell the story, even a variety of angles to look at the topic.
The journalist has now to decide which way to go. What will be written, what will be left out, discarded as irrelevant to the story? Maybe he or she has some data to make an informed choice. Otherwise, the journalist may quite possibly go with the gut.