I conducted an interview this morning that is part of a bigger story I’m working on. I am not at liberty to reveal the details of it yet, but let’s just say this is the first of what will be a series of articles I’m writing on a certain topic.
The interview went really well, and it reminded me of how you can come up with a story idea, go into it thinking one way, and come away from interviews with a different perspective on the topic you are writing about.
That was the case with this morning’s interview. I had one opinion of my subject going in, and I came away feeling differently about it after the interview.
Being fair means listening to all sides and offering everyone the opportunity to have their chance to speak, whether they take it or not.
In this case, the interview subject did want to speak, and we spoke at length, and I am glad they chose to talk with me. They even left the door open for me to come back around should I have follow up questions, which is huge.
As I work to separate the meat from the bones, I keep thinking about what an important job journalists have.
It’s up to us to tell the stories that matter, to get to the truth, to report the facts fairly, and to make it clear when we are editorializing.
Those lines get blurred a lot in the online journalism space, but the rules of journalism always matter, and it is those rules that I will stick to.
I’m proud of the work I’m doing, and I want to continue to do work that I can be proud of.
Journalism can help foster social change, and I want very much to be a part of that wave.
Looking back at this morning’s interview, I know I nailed it.
As I continue to hone my interviewing, researching and writing skills, I want to remember this championship moment and repeat it as often as possible.
This process — interviewing and story building — is where the magic happens.
My readers learning and engaging with my stories is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
I’m going to keep going for it.