Talk:Getting the exclusive lowdown on The Lowdown

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Interview[edit]

I conducted the interview via email with Candace Bagnall. --Nzgabriel | Talk 06:42, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

My problems[edit]

Gabriel, it's great you focus on New Zealand, but you aren't doing the reporter's job in this article. You continually talk about New Zealand's high suicide rate, but you never give a cause for it. If you don't outline what the perceived reasons are for NZ's high suicide rate, how can you write about a response to it? Is The Lowdown addressing what it sees as the reasons? Do other people agree with The Lowdown's approach? The reader leaves this article going "Why is there such a high suicide rate in NZ?" or even "Is it really high?" and never having that answered. Who says its high? Are they right? Compared to what? Then why is there a high rate? Does The Lowdown address those problems? It's great to have an interview to say "This website exists" but I think you were derelict in your interview duties to spell out what, exactly, the point of this interview is, because it is not apparent at the outset. --David Shankbone 03:08, 2 February 2008 (UTC)

Are you actually suggesting that Gabriel has to follow WN:NPOV? Well, good. I haven't gotten around to read this interview yet. --SVTCobra 03:23, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
No, I'm suggesting he actually ask questions that get to the heart of the matter. NPOV doesn't even come into play. I'm surprised you even asked...perhaps that shows you rely too much on policy and guideline that, in the end, really have little meaning if we were to discuss them. But NPOV does not even enter the picture in my critique. --David Shankbone 03:30, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
In a way you are because you are asking him to get both sides of the story. --SVTCobra 03:44, 2 February 2008 (UTC)
No. I'm asking him to ask basic questions. Sure, it's NPOV in that "anyone would ask them" such as "Why is NZ's suicide rate high to merit The Lowdown and how is it addressing those specific problems?" but that's not "both sides of the story." There isn't The Goverment and Opposition here. It's a question anyone would ask, and it's not asked here. So NPOV isn't the issue - it's basic reporting that's being questioned. --David Shankbone 03:55, 2 February 2008 (UTC)