Reinventing Radio: Lessons Learned From an Evening with Ira Glass
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When Glass first started his career at NPR he was told that journalism doesn't just document what's new, it documents what is. But Glass notes that for a lot of mainstream news shows, this is not so much the case.
According to Glass, in many new shows, the approach to journalism is robotic and no nonsense. This type of reporting is delivered with what Glass considers to be "unnecessary omissions" leaving the audience with a world that seems smaller, darker, and duller than it actually is.
In Glass's eyes (and even more so ears), stories that contain instances of surprise, pleasure, joy and so forth, are the ones that paint the world as it truly is: large, unexpected, and full of possibility.
By embracing the small yet positive plot twists of life in your stories, you are are assuring your reader (or listener) that "the world is a place where surprise and joy can happen- the things that make life worth living."