First-Person Reporting

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At the Transom Story Workshop, when the class is faced with a perplexing ethical question, we turn to Sean Corcoran, the News Director at WCAI on Cape Cod. I think of Sean as a journalist’s journalist. A truth-seeker. Unbiased. A straight-forward reporter with a strong sense of ethics.

That’s why I was surprised when I heard a story he produced about the ever-increasing rate of opiate addiction on the Cape. Sean broke some of the journalistic rules he abides by.

To be clear, I’m not saying Sean was unethical. Not even close. But, it was startling to hear Sean’s clear and present use of the first-person in the story and to find him taking a position in the piece that feels like it crosses the line into advocacy.

Frankly, I think it’s Sean’s best work. But he still feels uneasy about it. Listen to the story and our conversation on this edition of HowSound.

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  • Sean Corcoran

    4.26.16

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    Thanks for this, Rob. I’m feeling much better about our conversation now!

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