Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent

The Next Time You Want to Scream at a Newspaper Reporter, Consider This . . .

newspaper reporters real estateSome real estate agents have a distorted view of the press. Agents get upset when they read headlines or news stories about declining real estate markets or recent foreclosures. They accuse the press of fabrication or sensationalism, which is so far from the truth that I hardly know where to start.

For full disclosure, I am, in part, a journalist, as well as a real estate broker. My husband is a journalist. My mother was a journalist. And I know a lot of journalists.

As with any occupation, there are a few reporters who taint the profession, just like any other profession. Those so-called journalists are fired immediately when they are caught reporting on events they did not attend or making up sources or plagiarizing other writer’s content.

Newspaper reporters report the news. They believe that the accuracy of information they present is paramount. They believe in the public’s right to know the truth. They believe in fairness in reporting. Professional integrity, honesty and truthfulness are the cornerstones of conscientious journalists. Journalists will go to jail rather than disclose a source. Journalists will walk off the job if they feel the paper’s profit center (advertising department) begins to interfere with the business of honestly reporting news.

If newspaper reporters were more concerned with making gobs of money or climbing over others for career advancement, they would go into politics, become a public relations flack or choose some other career. Young men and women enter the profession of journalism because they are dedicated to and respect the principle of responsible journalism.

Don’t blame journalists for reporting the news or naively believe all reporters harbor a secret agenda to destroy real estate agents. If you have a different viewpoint, why not contact a journalist and offer yourself as a source? But don’t whine about the news and point fingers. Remember, when you point one finger at a journalist, three are pointing back at you.

And for the record, at many daily newspapers, a copy editor writes the headline. Not the reporter.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

Photo: Unless otherwise noted in this blog, the photo is copyrighted by Big Stock Photo and used with permission.The views expressed herein are Weintraub's personal views and do not reflect the views of RE/MAX Gold. Disclaimer: If this post contains a listing, information is deemed reliable as of the date it was written. After that date, the listing may be sold, listed by another brokerage, canceled, pending or taken temporarily off the market, and the price could change without notice; it could blow up, explode or vanish. To find out the present status of any listing, please go to elizabethweintraub.com.

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