Thursday, March 25, 2010

Labornet Annual General Meeting Held ~ All Attentive to Journalist Satoshi Tokairin’s Practical Lessons


On March 14, Some 45 people gathered at Labornet Annual General Meeting 2010 at Tokyo’s Doutouch. Satoshi Tokairin, journalist at Japan’s daily Mainichi Shimbun (photo center), gave a special lecture on “Intro to reporting.” “You can write whatever you think is important as your opinion on rallies even if it differs from other news reports. To make your stories not simply ‘reports’ but “journalism,” you have to focus on events perceived with your own eyes.” “What’s happening is what’s important. Try to be sympathetic to the cause.” “Try to catch lively expressions.” These were his messages. He also told of mishaps and stories behind the scenes as he is a professional journalist. The attendees were glue to his stories. After the lecture, participants discussed mainly Labornet TV. There were more young people at the meeting this year, and they offered vital opinions. Nearly 30 people stayed on for the party afterwards. (By M)

レイバーネット総会開かれる~東海林記者の実践的話に釘付け
 3月14日、東京・駒込の「どぅたっち」でレイバーネット2010総会が開催された。45人が集まり、終始熱気に包まれた。毎日新聞記者の東海林智さん(写真中央)が「報道入門」と題して特別講演。「集会報道などは、主催者の意見と違っていいから、自分で思った大事なことを書け。たんなる“報告”でなく“報道”にするには、自分の眼で事柄にフォーカスをあてること」「現場がすべて。取材対象者にシンパシーをもて」「生きた言葉をつかめ」など、失敗談・裏話を交えた現場記者ならではの実践的話に参加者は釘付けだった。総会論議では、レイバーネットTVの開設などの提案を受け、活発なディスカッションが行われた。今年の総会は若い参加者が増え、しかも彼らの元気な発言が目立った。同じ場所での「懇親会」も30人近くが残り、交流を深めた。(M)