Hi, Aaron. This is a great piece, somewhat cynical, but also spot on. However, I feel compelled to point out a fourth type of reporter, which you didn’t include in your analysis.
Reporters like me and my coworkers who understand that we have a responsibility to the public and not the person who signs our paycheck, the government, elected officials, corporate America or any other entity. We report facts without bias.
We respond to every email, social media message and phone call we receive. We welcome submissions in place of politely passing on a story idea. We follow up on every tip, and we would never say whoever declined to comment, because it’s wrong. We’d handle it tactfully because we believe that making people and businesses look bad makes us look bad. A significant part of our role is to build rapport and trust with our readers and the community at large. We take it seriously.
As a regional newspaper, I don’t cover a topic. I cover an entire county. Now, in the grand scheme of things, I am of no importance, but to our subscribers and newsstand sales in the rural communities we serve, we’re all they’ve got.
Are we pushy? Do some consider us to be intolerable? Absolutely, but answers don't just appear out of thin air.