I’ve been on television many times, and I have no great desire to be on television again. I know enough about how reporting works that on controversial topics; there’s always a risk that you’ll say the wrong thing or the reporter will cut the tape the wrong way.
On the other hand, I’m a former journalist, and I teach broadcast students. It seems like I should do it, if for no other reason that I watch the students struggle to get people to call them back, much less agree to an interview.
On the third hand, this request came from a good television station and I respect the reporters there.
But I told the reporter no.
I have opinions and thoughts on the future of journalism and newspapers. I know that daily newspapers aren’t long for this world, at least in Greensboro, and that makes me sad. Perhaps the weeklies will spring into something more widely circulated, but I have my doubts.
But I can’t think of anyway to talk about that without talking about the News & Record, which is why the reporter called me. I don’t think highly of the way the people who now own the News & Record are handling things. But I’m not going to criticize the News & Record on television. I have too many friends in the newsroom still there. And I can’t think of any way the television report will help either journalism, the paper or the community.