11 months ago
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Does it Feel Good to Touch Down? What's the First Thing You're Going to Do? Michael? Mike? Mike?
When important or famous people arrive in town, it's not uncommon for journalists to greet them at the airport and ask them questions.
So, when Michael Phelps landed in Arizona after the Rio Olympics, members of the media were there to greet him and ask him questions.
Except this time, Phelps asked for privacy.
Do you - as a journalist - continue pursuing him in order to get the story? After all, he is the most decorated Olympian of all time. Given that he had just won five gold and one silver medal and had announced his retirement, he seems very newsworthy, right?
Or do you allow him space, and maybe try to get in touch a few days later? He deserves his privacy, right?
What would you do? Is it wrong to keep asking questions, as the reporter in this video did?