What if PBS NewsHour had been approached by WikiLeaks with its raw, secret diplomatic cables? How would the news staff have handled the material? On Nov. 29, the cache of documents was given to journalists at the Guardian, Der Spiegel and Le Monde (the New York Times also received the data, via the Guardian).
That was one question for Hari Sreenivasan, online and on-air correspondent with the show, in today’s (Dec. 9) online Reddit chat marking the one-year anniversary of its revamp (Current, Jan. 11).
“We don’t have nearly as many staff members as those institutions but we would have reached out to partner perhaps with someone the likes of ProPublica to help sort through the data,” Sreenivasan replied. “As you’ve seen over the past few weeks, its not just raw data that tells a story, its context and perspective.”