Absence of Malice (1981) is about a reporter (Sally Field) getting the story (about Paul Newman’s character) at the expense of the facts. Essentially, it’s about having integrity and sacrificing ambition at the altar. Telling the story as it is what reporters should be doing, rather than doing it for their careers or whatever personal or political motive.Continue reading “Integrity”
It’s with reluctance that I put away some stories. Something about them just won’t go. It’s not the writing quality, but the sense that there was unfinished business. Something was left undone or unhinged. One can’t go back, of course, but the slight pain one feels is regret. It happens once or twice, on the big stories. But this post is saying: I’m putting it to death and down to experience.
Stories have a habit of mushrooming and expanding out, which one article can’t handle. The follow-up article continues the story.Continue reading “Follow-up articles”
Should one write journalistic style articles or other, more simpler, beautifully flowing ones? I asked myself this and came up with this: that if approaching a newspaper, to write for them, I just wouldn’t care about investigating the details on real life stories anymore, so I wouldn’t. But would love to keep on with the simpler style for work, that’s well-rounded, perhaps art-full even.
On having written newspaper articles, the appropriate thing is “journalistic style”: punchy, sharp and to the point which is what newspaper articles should be. But two weeks ago I thought I’d never write that way again.Continue reading “Journalistic style”