If the goal of the news is to make sense of the world — then we must “model” the shape of the world with our stories. I would argue many traditional tools and processes reflect the world, but don’t model it. What is this distinction, and how does Circa get there? It starts with this mantra: At Circa we don’t write articles, we create storylines.
If journalism can be understood as “a first draft of history,” then let’s posit words are a medium and articles a canvas upon which we paint scenes, people, events and more.
The goal of most journalism is realism. Like the artists of the Realism movement (sometimes called Naturalism), journalists try to reflect the world accurately. They don’t take an artistic license in depicting subjects.