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News Literacy Week: Reporters Answer Your Questions

A photo of the side of the WFIU/WTIU news car.

Our reporters use the WFIU/WTIU News car to get to local and regional events, interviews and video shoots. (Matt Rasnic, WFIU/WTIU News)

Last week was News Literacy Week, a time for news outlets to interact with readers, listeners and audiences to help clarify the newsgathering process and answer questions about journalism and reporting.

We asked for your questions, and you responded! Here's what four of our reporters had to say:

On Telling Compelling Stories Without Compromising The Facts

A Reddit screenshot of two news literacy questions by Reddit user Thegoodfriar.
(r/Bloomington, Reddit)

“One of the really important things is word choice. The example I am thinking of is I cover teacher pay a lot, and instead of saying 'better pay,' we say things like 'higher pay,' because that is fact. But when it comes to feature reporting, we really look for characters: people who are examples of situations that we can talk about the facts around and give people that context through the lens of what people’s lives are like. That’s how we approach it and build in these compelling narratives of the shared human experience while we talk about things like policy and data and things like that.” - Jeanie Lindsay, IPBS Education Reporter, @jeanjeanielindz

On The Future Of News Media -- On Air And Online

A Facebook screenshot of a news literacy question by Facebook user Tressie Enstrom.
(Bloomington, IN - What's Going On?/Facebook)

"I don’t think that radio news or print news is becoming irrelevant. I do know that fewer people are reading the newspaper and I know that radio has its own set of issues. But if you go to the internet, most of the news you’re finding there comes from print reporters, or radio or television reporters. So the idea that print is becoming irrelevant or that radio is becoming irrelevant is something I just disagree with, wholly." - Bob Zaltsberg, WFIU City Limits Editor, @BobZaltsberg

On Research Methods

A Facebook screenshot of a news literacy question by Facebook user Tony Evans.
(Bloomington - What's ACTUALLY Going On?/Facebook)

"So Tony, basically, how I do my research is someone will give me a story tip and I have to go confirm that. So I might look at government websites, I might look at University websites to make sure the information is correct. I might do a lot of cold calling to different agencies and different people to make sure that those who know their stuff say that this is, in fact, true." - Rebecca Thiele, IPBS Energy & Environment Reporter, @beckythiele

On The Differences Between Radio And Television Reporting

A Facebook screenshot of a news literacy question by Facebook user Tressie Enstrom.
(Bloomington, IN - What's Going On?/Facebook)

"So I would say probably the biggest difference between the two is just how we put them together -- like, what kind of sound we are looking for. A lot of times with TV, we’re looking at what’s the most visual scene that we can show that can really drive home what the story is. Then, with an audio broadcast radio piece, we’re really looking at who’s going to give us engaging sounds. For a radio broadcast, you might be looking for people talking in a room or different natural sounds that can help show the story, whereas in a TV story you’re really looking at creating a scene and showing something that is visually appealing that really helps drive that message home." - Brock Turner, WFIU/WTIU Rural Affairs Reporter, @BrockEWTurner

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