The news story firstly introduces that many people today do not acquire the ability to distinguish real stories from fictions. With the popularity of social media and the recently criticize of “fake news” in mainstream media from the newly elected president, media literacy should be paid more attention to it. Therefore, the reporter interviewed David Wilson, one of True/False founders and “co-conspirators” by thoroughly asking him about the concepts of media literacy and the film festival.
The reporter asked about how does David feel and why he feels this way about the media literacy. He also asked about how David opines about honesty in the film, how to recreate films for indifferent viewers, and his responsibility of a filmmaker.
I think the reporters ask these questions because they are all tightly related to the media literacy concept and the main purpose of the True/False film festival: to help people learn more about the media literacy. The order of the questions is clear. The reporters started to ask easiest concept question “How do you define media literacy?”. And then continually asked for why David defined the concept in this way. Later, the interviewer asked about the relationship between films and reality. The reporter also asked about those who do not immerse in films. To learn more about David, the reporter asked him to explain his own words said before. At last, the interviewer asked about the responsibility problem, which plays the role as the conclusion.
I think the questioning reveals an informed interviewer. First, the arrangement of the questions is proper and logical. It helps the interviewee to be familiar with the topic and readers to digest to content. Second, the interviewer quotes David’s own words to ask him, showing that the interviewer has done ample research of David.
If I am the interviewer, I will probably ask a question like what can be improved in the film festival to introduce the idea of media literacy. I will also ask David to recommend some movies to help audiences learn more about the media literacy because readers can benefit from it.
I think the interview is newsworthy because the True/False film festival was just held in the last week and it is a big event in Columbia. Meanwhile, the media literacy is recently brought under the spotlight so it is important that people learn more about it.