From CMA: Why storytelling matters

Journalism’s impact on social justice: Why storytelling matters
Rose Scott, WABE-FM
rholmes@wabe.org

A few takeaways from this session:

  • We tell stories because stories connect us and leave us with a sense of community or growth.
  • It’s important for people who look like you to tell stories about your community. A newsroom’s makeup should reflect the community it covers.
  • Ask yourself: Is the story worth telling? Consider the following news tenants:
    • Is the issue relevant and timely?
    • Are you presenting new information?
    • Are you presenting an unfamiliar voice(s)?
    • Is your story authentic?
  • All you have at the end of the day is your integrity and your character.
  • When presenting stories, ask: Did I embrace the listener? Did I educate? Did I empower?
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