There are people who derive their knowledge from actually quite strange online lexicas or they feed those for whatever reason. But there is something these platforms are incapable of communicating: the atmosphere.
We live in an age in which we run the risk of exchanging knowledge for thinking and knowingly preparing to face the places, the people, the animals without the necessary naivety and impartiality. In the process, knowledge is generalized and, in its widespread form, allows us to discover individually.
A classic way of getting such important and vivid insights into an atmosphere and a very individual living space is the reportage. She picks a small point, a very own field of vision out of the big Word Wide Nix and lets us participate intimately in the experience of the reporter.
The term reportage comes from the Latin reportare and is translated for reporting.
A good reportage conveys the feeling of being there yourself. In doing so, she provides understandable insights into the topic and always the reporter’s point of view. Through a concrete example he will introduce into the topic. The reporter will objectively report on the basis of demonstrable facts, but also reflect his personal feelings and impressions. The more figurative the language, the more insistent the content becomes. Such a reportage can be transported as pure text or supplemented with images.
The reporter’s personal relationship to the place, to the people, to the event makes it easier for us to feel in the situation described.
The start of a report begins with a detailed example from the environment of the selected topic. This example will be looked at from different angles throughout the report. The reporter consistently tries to build up tension and thereby bind his readers, viewers and listeners. At the end of the report, the different points of view are summarized and the reporter gives an assessment, a look into the future.
And now I’m wondering why in every word in the world every mayor, every tourist and every pastor feeds a huge online encyclopaedia with a given writing program instead of looking for people who are heart and mind about their own place, their own church, to report one’s own people? Because emotionally one can hardly win for himself and his cause people as with a good reportage. One may wonder how exciting your own environment is, your own neighbor. It’s so exciting that curious people come right here.