On occasion, I get contacted by members of the press interested in reporting on some aspect of play. It’s always an exciting opportunity to contribute to a broader public conversation.
As a matter of course, I do my homework, prepare background info, offer other contacts and, whenever possible, provide some insights related to the particular perspective the journalist is researching. Back in the day when I was a freelancer for daily newspapers and CBC Radio, one of the biggest recurring challenges I encountered was paring down information-loaded interviews from several sources into the story to be filed.
Hats off to Canadian Press journalist Linda Givetash who filed a story that has appeared in media outlets across the country. You can read her piece, which speaks to the changing face of playscapes in Canadian cities, by clicking here or on the image below.
How does the media in your community, or country report on play? Do the articles they write, or broadcast help further the public conversation?
In 2018, here’s toasting to increased media interest in issues related to play, childhood health, development and safety and the linkages between risk and resilience.
Twitter Moment photo of plane and control tower in Toronto’s Downsview Park sourced from Earthscape.