The facts and the story

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The late NY Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” But here’s the rub – how can you be sure which is which? You can’t expect everyone to be their own research department, their own investigator. But you can expect that to be job one for a news operation. And NCPR reporters have a national reputation for doing just that.

That’s why NPR sends Brian Mann out on assignment and frequently airs stories from NCPR reporters. That’s why Lauren Rosenthal has just been tapped by NPR for a new collaborative reporting project on criminal justice issues around the country. That’s why a shiny new national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Website arrived at the station a few days ago.

Facts are the starting point. If you don’t have the facts it doesn’t much matter what else you have – but they are only the starting point. What you do with them matters just as much. At NCPR, we use them to tell stories – your stories – about your community, about your neighbors. We bring the world’s stories to you, via our network partners, and we bring your stories to the world, via our own hard-working, deep-digging and accomplished reporters.

That’s always been the deal. You pay for the “shovel” with your donations, and we do the digging. Your gifts pay the bill for the transmitters and the servers and we use them to tell the your stories to the neighborhood and to the world. You trust us to get it right, and we trust you to keep us afloat. This is the time to do just that. Thanks for continuing to make the work we do possible.

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1 Comment on “The facts and the story”

  1. Peter Klein says:

    The problem with “facts” is with how some “facts” are reported and some are not reported.
    If you were to just report the “facts,” you would only provide the transcript.
    Hell, even when it comes to reporting the weather, everyone insists upon inserting their opinion. Example: “It’s going to be a nice, sunny day.”
    Drop the nice and just say it is going to be sunny. Nice is your opinion. I might prefer a cloudy, rainy, snowy, windy day.
    So much for factual reporting.

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