as for the student journalists situation here, I still am a student,
graduate student, but still one with a profound interest in journalism.
Unlike the reporters in newspapers such as the Village Voice who write
an article like they were presenting a screenplay, I tend to employ
an element of "if it is stated or written (in a press release) as being
fact, then I don't include it." However, should I be writing from
an editorial observer's point of view, apparently much like the students
in the class in question, then I may observe that the "quarterback
looked depressed". Otherwise, I as a journalist, will rather have the
quarterback tell me that he is feeling depressed, followed by a report
of why and what has made him feel this way.
Sure we can all assume what the subject of a peice is thinking or doing
but isn't better to get the subject to tell us that rather than
second guessing the reactions? We can tell our audience that the mother
of seven children killed in a Detroit fire is sad, but wouldn't it be
more effective to write that she weeped uncontrollably and shouted at
God questioning the deaths? This would also work just to roll tape and
pick up the nat sound of her crying. That, would tell me more than a
simple questionable-facts statement.
Am I wrong? michael K.