Intimate Journalism

In, “Telling True Stories,” the author highlights many methods of finding ideas for stories. Lane Gregory, says that is it extremely important to chat with people everywhere you go. She says to talk to strangers, and make conversation with the people you interact with on a daily basis. This is important, because you never know who has an amazing story to tell. Another strategy that I highlighted was to check the classified. I often look on websites such as Craigslist and Nextdoor to just read peoples postings and see if there is a story there. I think that people don’t realize that classified ads and rants can be done by people who have something really interesting to say, or a cool story to tell. Bulletin boards are often ignored because people are always on their phones, but they actually have tons of events, interesting groups and clubs, and free stuff. Each of these could potentially be a story that someone would be interested in reading. One final tip that really stood out to me was to celebrate the losers. Everyone always is hearing these great success stories, and it can actually make them feel worse about their lives. Hearing relatable, average Joe stories actually could give a deeper connection to the reader.

By “intimate journalism,” the author means that they are doing in depth, serious, stories about peoples personal lives, dreams, goals, and passions. It studies how they are as a human and how they interact with others and the world around them. It means to portray someone as how they see themselves, and showing the reader a deep, never seen before look into a person’s life. This relates to sociology because it helps research, and study people and their culture. It is a different approach because sociology is often demographics and common ideas about a person’s life, but in intimate journalism there is personal interviews and it does not tell much about society as a whole.

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