“I started out as a journalist…I see myself as a writer,” said Acosta about the crossover of art and journalism. “I just feel like I write, sometimes there are facts and sometimes there is fiction, and sometimes the fiction is more factual than the facts.”
Flanagan spoke to her experience watching an investigative reporting series she worked on translated onto the stage in a play this summer, and how she sees a common thread between storytelling and reporting. Said Flanagan during the panel, “I think even when you’re telling a straight (news) story, you don’t just list the facts. You’re telling a story, and stories of people. So what you need to find is the people involved in the story and tell their story…And then, all of a sudden, the news makes a lot more sense than just sitting there reading ’28-percent of people believe this or that.”
The session was coordinated by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), which uses the arts and innovative storytelling practices to engage audiences with investigative journalism.
Along with Acosta and Barnes’ poems, NJTV is also hosting an open call for original poetry about the impacts of drug addiction: NJTV challenges you to write an original poem about how addiction has affected you or your family.Your poem could be about your own experiences with addiction and recovery, how drug abuse has affected your family, a memorial to someone you lost to an overdose – whatever you’d like to write about. For more information about how to share your poem, visit: njdrugcrisis.org/poems. You’ve got until November 30, 2016 to send in your poems.