Dan Close started his session off with these words: “Stick to real journalism. Social media sucks.”
Bold statement, Dan. Bold statement.
He really meant to make the point that “real journalism” is not using Facebook, Twitter and email as a means to get interviews. He went on to compare “real journalism” to “fake journalism”:
- critical thinking
- less context
- no time to reflect
- unreliable sources
- harder to verify
Close used the comparison of real journalism to fake journalism as a means to explain the overall theme of his presentation: multi-sourcing your stories. I think that this is something that I personally need to improve on. And after reading The Pendulum over the last few weeks, I feel that it’s something that we could all improve on.
He said that multi-sourcing is:
- more accurate
- more balanced
- more rounded
- more human
- more objective
- provides competing views
- provides different points of view
“When you talk to more sources, the truth will emerge,” Close said.
So get talking, team.