Tabatha Deans

Bringing Integrity to the Written Word

Knowledge is power

It’s been an interesting and exciting day here at the Express. We’ve clashed with, and conquered, local mindsets. After spending the day talking to strangers, investigating crime scenes, chasing evidence and some quasi-scientific assessment, we called local officials into the office to discuss the importance of reporting a full, honest story. Some in the community wanted to soften the story to spare the feelings of others, but we convinced them that that gave the impression of secrecy, and perpetuated the opportunity for speculation and gossip. So, taking the bull by the horns, we made an editorial decision to run an in-depth story, when others did not. I’m sure there will be fallout from some in the community, but I honestly believe there will be equal praise for our fair reporting.

It’s fulfilling to take part in editorial debates about the integrity of our profession, especially with others who feel as passionately about reporting as I do. In fact, for the first time ever, I’m sharing a by-line. My colleague and I both believe in what we’re doing, and I feel good about the information we both contributed. Yet another one of my little “rules” have been broken, and I found that it’s not as painful as I thought it would be.

So, we will probably find a flaming bag of dog doo-doo on our doorstep, but given the beliefs of my fellow reporters, we will look upon it as a flaming badge of honor.

November 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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