Why is the controversy about truth such an issue these days? It used to be assumed that facts determined the truth. Now the dialogue is dismissing facts for 'sound bites.' As a creative specializing in publication design, this topic has been on my mind a lot. I want the work I do to be professional and of value. Outside of fictional stories, publication media should be validated and authentic.
When it comes to design in journalism, its a lot more than what colour and font you choose. A recent post by AIGA quoted
“Owners, publishers, journalists, and designers have to understand the relationship that exists between the way an organization is run and the resulting product. Creative design is only possible in an organization that has been designed creatively; publishers are the true journalistic designers.”
- Robert Lockwood
Yes, "publishers are the true journalistic designers." Publishers are responsible for the content that they choose to put out in the world. And here is the thing, a publisher, let's be honest, is in a business. So this must be kept in mind when you find yourself reading blogs, websites and the latest Facebook share. What is the intention of that publisher? Where do they live? What is the sum of the content trying to impress upon you? Do you find the same editorial message or are you being given information so you can make your own decision?
There is a big difference between headlines intending to promote an idea and those that are there to inform. A biased view will sound one-sided with drama and fear whereas an unbiased (historically journalistic) view will simply share the facts born from research and legitimate sources.
When I think of a publisher that has truly re-established the integrity of the industry, a recent local pop-up, Sprawl Calgary, is a prime example. This organization aligns with my own business values: Supporting local; Engage critical thinking; Respects the voice of an individual. I have been a monthly supporter of Sprawl Calgary since it ‘popped up'. He recently updated his manifesto and these seven of ten really hit home for me:
Depth not breadth
Context not clickbait
Constructive, not critical
Reject polarization, seek common ground
View people as engaged citizens and local experts, not passive consumers
Constantly question assumptions and privileges
Strive for inclusiveness
I invite you to read Jeremy’s unique style of journalism. Between his Facebook posts, articles on Medium and his new Podcast, you get a real sense of the issue. You will be engaged from the backstory to the current status of an issue with a truly objective perspective and space to create your own view on the issue which is where journalism should sit. He leaves it up to his readers to make their own conclusions based on facts.
So when you support my business I would like you to know what your funds are supporting (outside of helping me to pay my bills and raise my daughters).
Who and what are your hard-earned dollars supporting? In the game of price hunting do you ever think past the transaction and how those profits are being used?