Roxanne L. Scott

Audio Producer | Reporter | Traveler


Doubters Alert

What commonly accepted truth (or “truth”) do you think is wrong, or at least seriously doubt? Why?

I've always wondered about objectivity in journalism. Since I've been freelancing, I get to choose the stories that I work on. I see something interesting, I find out more and then I pitch. I love this because I pretty much get to read about stuff and attend events I would go to anyway. And I get paid. 

I doubt the belief that journalists always have to objective. I think journalists can be fair in their reporting but sometimes just choosing the story you work on is subjective. Sometimes you pitch a story because you love or hate something about it.  A lot of times what drives me to finish a story is my passion for the subject, whether I'm covering a musician, protest or trend. If I didn't have excitement for the idea, why bother?  I've been assigned stories that I'm less enthused about and I notice a difference. I get the stories done but there's no vim.

Coincidentally, most journalists I know are opinionated. And as long as their upfront about their beliefs when relevant,  I'd rather hear from them rather than someone with no point of view.