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The Real Scoop on Newspaper Reporting

The Real Scoop on Newspaper Reporting

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Newspapers connect us in ways other media can't. Whatever you think you know about reporters, take it from one who's spent hours researching and writing for a daily newspaper -- we do our best to write accurately and clearly for you, our readers. And most of the time we succeed.
Newspapers connect us in ways other media can't. Whatever you think you know about reporters, take it from one who's spent hours researching and writing for a daily newspaper -- we do our best to write accurately and clearly for you, our readers. And most of the time we succeed.

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The Real ScooponNewspaperReporting
By Sunny Lockwood
 
 
 Newspapers connect us in ways other media can’t.
Copyright 2009 by Merikay McLeodAll Rights ReservedFirst electronic publication, September 2009
 
As a daily newspaper reporter, I’m wearied by the constant barbsleveled at me and my colleagues.When radio personalities diss all reporters as “liberals” who purposely slant their stories, it irritates. When local politicians claim they’reroutinely misquoted, it annoys. But what really hurts is the knowledge thatmillions believe such foolishness.The implication that reporters march lock-step to the same beat andalways try to make those they’re covering look bad is flat out wrong.According to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, at lastcount (April, 2009) there were more than 45,000 employees in thenewsrooms of America. Many of them are reporters and believe me, we do
not 
all hold the same opinion about anything.Our personal views vary widely on politics, education, the economy,religion, marriage and the family, what makes a good movie or a good meal.Reporters are not all liberals or all conservatives or all obnoxiously pushy or all push-overs.Most of us are, among other things, curious, eager to understandwhat’s happening and why. We love words and we love stories and we wantour stories to serve you, the reader, giving you a clearer understanding of what we’re covering.We work long, irregular hours including weekends, nights, andsometimes, into the first-light hours of the morning to bring accurateinformation to you, our reader.And we do it all under the constant pressure of an unforgivingdeadline.

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