“The tools of the theater are not the same as the tools of journalism.” Those were the words performer Mike Daisey used last winter to defend his now infamous monologue about Apple’s supply chain in China. The story was full of vivid details about Daisey’s undercover observations at the factory complex and his emotional conversations with its workers — many of which turned out to be made up. After the piece aired on This American Life, Daisey admitted to taking “dramatic license” in order to tell a more compelling story.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, join the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists at the Loft Literary Center (1011 Washington Ave. S, Minneapolis) for a panel discussion about getting dramatic details into stories — without taking dramatic license. How can journalists hone their eyes and ears to recognize little details that help bring true stories to life. We’ll hear from four Twin Cities journalists, including Sasha Aslanian of Minnesota Public Radio, David Hanners of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Boyd Huppert of KARE 11, and Steve Marsh of MplsSt.Paul and Delta Sky magazines.
The talk will start at 7 p.m., with a cash donation bar and light snacks available before and after the discussion. Free and open to the public.
This event is co-sponsored by The Loft Literary Center and the Asian American Journalists Association.