Title

Tongue Tied: The No Comment, Comment

Document Type

Media Mention

Publication Date

3-2-2016

Source Publication

CaledonEnterprise.com

Description

It’s a common refrain in reporting – a common answer.

No comment.

When you go to journalism school you learn not to be too frustrated by it, because it can be a powerful tool for a narrative. To have a subject leave you with no thoughts allows the reader to create and imagine their own. To have a subject leave you with no answer to a controversy, can be quite revealing.

But the honest answer is, while many believe journalists simply love to court controversy, the point and purpose of a newspaper is to report on any issue or subject relevant to the reader. If we believe you deserve to know about it, it is newsworthy. And so, the amount of no comment we get in Caledon can be quite frustrating.