Toys, Sinead O’Connor’s house, Feb. 2012. (I was there for this story.)
The Virgin Mary, Sinead O’Connor’s house, Feb. 2012. (I was there for this story.)
Parking Lot, Albuquerque 2010.
Real journalism – and by that I mean fact-based reporting – is getting trounced by commentary and opinion in all its forms, from Fox News to the political blogs to Jon Stewart. Everyone knows newspapers are in horrible trouble. TV news continually loses ratings. And one way we broadcast journalists can fight back and hold our audience is to sound like human beings on the air. Not know-it-all stiffs. One way the opinion guys kick our ass and appeal to an audience is that they talk like normal people, not like news robots speaking their stentorian news-speak. So I wish more broadcast journalism had such human narrators at its center. I think that would help fact-based journalism survive.
—Ira Glass on the genius of Radiolab. It doesn’t take much of a jump to see that there might be some lessons for print journalism, too.