Thanh Tan

‘The Competition’ Is Online

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Hey ya’ll.

My story about local TV news is available on This American Life‘s web site as a free download. I love how it turned out. We had to cut out some crucial sound (since we ended up with more than ten hours of tape for a 22-25 minutes story), but I think the spirit and intent of the story is intact. I appreciate long-form stories like this, because there truly is so much room for nuance.

In the process of putting this story together, I had to think a lot about my own journalistic purpose. I’m still trying to pinpoint exactly what that is. Will have more to share with you later.

I have to thank Dmae Roberts, my radio mentor and co-producer for this story. She’s the reason it happened in the first place– and for that, I am so grateful.

Feedback is welcome.

Thanks for listening!


Written by Thanh Tan

December 3, 2007 at 10:11 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Thanh-
    Loved the piece. So very proud of you and the work you did, and do. You give me hope that the craft of storytelling is not lost and will survive despite Media’s best attempts to kill it.


    Former Prompter Jockey

    December 3, 2007 at 3:52 pm

  2. Excellent piece, Thanh

    The end really made the point nicely about the ratings mindset and how that can lead to bad journalism.

    The boss at the radio show reminded me of Bill Lumbergh from Office Space. BTW he got the answer to his riddle ass backwards: If a tree falls in the woods, and no cameras are there, yeah it still happened & its just as important as if it was on the news 24/7

    Cheers from Berlin


    December 4, 2007 at 8:22 am

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