Is the "story" the atomic unit of journalism or a seductive siren that leads us to favor drama and engagement over truth? The Claas Relotius scandal at Der Spiegel - revealing rampant fictionalizing by a star reporter - forces us to question whether the story is a necessity or a corruption and whether journalists and the public have become addicted to narrative.

This session takes as its starting point the 24 December 2018 post on Medium by Jeff Jarvis entitled The Spiegel scandal and the seduction of storytelling.