The power of ignorance in reporting

After three decades at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mark Bowden teaches at the University of Delaware and advises students to ask "appropriately ignorant" questions: "I try to pass this lesson along to my students. Don’t be afraid to ask a stupid question, I tell them. If you don’t understand it, your readers won’t either. Besides, an early reporting lesson is that experts are not offended by such basic questions. Most people love to explain themselves and their work."

Sep. 6, 2016


That's great advice.  I used to work in a consulting firm, and lots of my colleagues were afraid to ask questions in meetings, because it might mke them look dumb.  The result?  They were dumb.

My way of putting it.....

Practice not knowing.

Drexel Science and Health Communication Concentration