Scholastic Journalism Week: In Depth Reporting
Kevin Mah ('24)
In-depth reporting is a key principle when it comes to all forms of journalism, but what exactly is it? It’s a form of reporting that delves well beneath the surface level to reveal all possible types of information and provide the reader with extensive and insightful coverage of the topic. It requires a commitment to research, investigation, and a detailed analysis of information. However, the most important aspect of in-depth reporting is impartiality. A journalist must be committed to representing the truth and put aside their bias even if they disagree or agree with the topic.
Fundamentally, it allows journalists to paint a complete picture of a situation, which in turn allows the reader to form educated judgments based on the context and implications of said situation. Without in-depth reporting, topics with surface-level information can lead the audience to a shallow understanding of the issues that may be at hand. Additionally, it empowers journalists to discover hidden or little-known facts about a story, which could be vital in shaping a public opinion. Revealing information that is not widely known can raise much-needed awareness on important issues and inspire a demand for change by readers.
Ultimately, in-depth reporting is an important tool when it comes to journalism. However, it’s still a valuable concept even outside of reporting. It teaches valuable ideals such as transparency and impartiality while also promoting concepts such as truth and justice, all of which help maintain democracy in today’s modern society. Though a major commitment, the benefits of adopting in-depth reporting are endless and should therefore be incorporated into Lawrence High School.