"But as the years passed and my journalistic experience grew, I gradually realized that the power of words was not something that I, the journalist, bestowed on the people and communities I covered.
The power, I came to understand, was in the stories that people chose to share. I was merely a conduit for the dissemination of those stories. I began to see how journalists could frame the story, to give it context and depth, but that we could not own the story. I came to see that I did not give voice to others, but that my role was to amplify authoritative voices that lacked only access to the means to spread their messages.” - Raul Ramirez
In case you missed it, Wisconsin made an appearance in an episode of This American Life recently. Here’s the description:
“Producer Ben Calhoun tells the story of Josh Inglett. Josh was a college student from Portage, Wisconsin who was appointed to the Board of Regents for the University of Wisconsin system. Josh was everything you’d want in a student who was going to fulfill this role. That is, until Governor Scott Walker’s administration discovered something on Josh’s permanent record that they considered a problem.”
Photo by Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
I’ve read Mark Johnson’s The Course of Their Lives multiple times now, and I’m still in awe. It’s a story of life and death told through a seamless combination of written narrative, video, images, and digital design.
It’s absolutely worth a look — or two, or three.
It was a beautiful fall weekend in Minnesota.