From K-Pop, to ex-soldiers, to the aftermath of nuclear explosions, The Truth Is? is bound to be a catch. Today Danny and I had the opportunity to listen to journalist Hamish Macdonald talk about his show The Truth Is?. We watched one of the episodes about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, widely considered as the worlds worst nuclear power plant accident, that occurred in Ukraine on April 26th, 1986. What makes the show so intriguing is Macdonald’s focus on the unique characters he encounters on his journey. The unique cinematography with the use of close-up grainy shots of the characters, creates a personal and engaging experience for the viewer.
Macdonald’s aim is to present stories in a way that is relevant to today’s society, as journalism is undergoing an “existential change” and where that will lead no-one knows. People are after information more than ever before but are bored with the ways to consume it. As the next generation of journalists, who check our Facebook and Twitter accounts before we turn on the TV, we need to think about the most effective way to reach a news-hungry audience.
Macdonald’s best advice to us journalism students – “go overseas, grab every opportunity you can and keep an open mind”.
As for The Truth Is?, from the astounding response from myself and my fellow peers today, I think Macdonald’s got it right. I can’t wait to watch the show as Macdonald tackles the truth of some of the bigger issues from around the globe.
The Truth Is? airs 9pm Monday June 3 on Channel Ten.