“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” 
― John Donne

The Government's Trumpeteer

Well, the first of my stories has gone up one the Lanthorn's site. Take a look.

I didn't manage to get in touch with anyone in the governor's office, but I did drive out to Lansing and snag a couple photos. Of course, not of any of my interviewees. Oops. I'll try to remember next time.

Representative Lucido was very nice to have taken my call at short notice, but I have my concerns about his policies. What he has in the works right now seems nice enough, but he also is against getting Michigan out of the no-fault status, which most other states have done already. Things could work out fine, but I think there's a chance it just makes car ownership more expensive.

This whole story was based on a press release, which can be tricky. Most of the first-hand information on this is buried somewhere in Lansing's capitol, and I don't really have the time and money to spend digging through it all, or the contacts to get it easily. So while I can report on the basics, I can't really get any more in-depth. There will be no analysis from my end, just a bland announcement with a little public opinion in.

Frankly, this is exactly the kind of journalism I hope to avoid doing. It just props up the establishment with no true utility to the public, outside a government mouthpiece.

I'll do better.

I should've called an insurance agent. I should've tried contacting a police officer. Perhaps an independent lawyer. And I definitely should've tried finding the voting records and talking to somebody who voted against the bill. None of this even occurred to me as I wrote the story the first time, I was just too excited to be working on something again, and in a bit of a hurry to hit my deadline. Next time I'll try to slow down and think about my sources more.

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