What’s the role of the journalist/moderator? The debate continues.

The event was billed as a conversation with the presidential and vice presidential debate moderators about the impact of the televised forums on the democratic process. The subtext was clear: What would Jim Lehrer have to say about his much-criticized performance as moderator of the first presidential debate? Lehrer didn’t disappoint. In the midst of…

Balance of Power Shifts to the Source?

On the first day of my news writing and reporting class, before we cover leads and nut graphs and quotes or anything else, I talk to students about interviewing techniques and best practices. Two issues I make sure to raise: (1) Don’t let the source review any quotes and (2) The first choice is to…