Question No. 8: “I’ll send a postcard.”

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

The This American Life DVDs are endless fodder for journalism students. The stories are remarkably creative yet universal. The production quality is really high. There are different storytelling methods employed.

…and when you watch all the episodes, you can go back to some for the commentary.

One of the more interesting bits of material in that feature is when Ira mentions his ongoing relationship with one of his subjects in the “Escape” episode. Basic newswriting courses discourage friendsourcing and I had to avoid even grabbing a drink with a source back in my lifestyle reporting days.

What gives?

What are your thoughts on maintaining or developing relationships with sources? Since the stories your share are so intimate, does this happen pretty often?

Links: The Pocono Record

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.
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