Heather Carston asks her fellow media friends:
I have to ask this, because I did learn as a cadet in Aussie, not here – how are polytechs and universities in New Zealand teaching young writers how to really cultivate and then work their sources over the long term these days? Because in reading this and in seeing what is happening in parts of mainstream media, there seems to be a lot of managing of media by sources rather than the other way round.
Yes, one does have to ‘look after’ a good source – but never at the cost of a good story.
The minute a journalist finds themselves allowing their personal preferences (and by this I mean their liking for their source or source’s idealogy) above being as factual as possible and following all leads is when they should question their ethics on how and why they are doing their job.
By the same token, an editor needs to have enough working nous to look at a story and see if there isn’t any aspects that have not been looked into hard enough. Read more »