In my news writing class today, we have been talking about presenting the whole story. Specifically, why when writing speech stories, the reporter must include not only the meat of the speech itself, but also audience reactions, environment conditions, and other seemingly obsolete factors.
As former president Lyndon B. Johnson said, “If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.'” There is a history in journalism of twisting facts, which makes accuracy that much more important.
The discussion in class emphasized the need to incorporate not only the words that are said but the reactions that people have to those words, in order to give readers the full effect of what has been said. I believe that it is important to give enough concise (yet honest) information about what occurred so that even though your reader wasn’t there, he/she feels as though they were.