Staying in the background

October 27, 2005 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: journalism.

That’s where reporters like to be when they are covering the news. Becoming part of a story inevitably changes the story and destroys the reporter’s position as an independent observer. Michael Bamberger, golf writer for Sport Illustrated, found himself in the untenable position of becoming part of the story when he was covering golf phenom Michelle Wie at a golf tournament this weekend. A columnist for the Washington Post says he should not have done what he did; a columnist for the Los Angeles Times says he should have done it earlier. And there might be a third option.


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