Re: LDS Journalists
- From: Colleen Kay Porter <ckpsdp@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 12 May 2006 03:22:58 -0000
On 5/11/06 8:11 PM, in article 1267kmb3grnl6c@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David /
Amicus" <Amicus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Anyway seeing he had tv show got me to wondering / thinking about other
Other well known LDS journalists?
Well, I guess one of the most visible has been Jane Clayson, co-anchor to
Bryant Gumbel on the CBS Early Show from 1999-2003 (or so) and former ABC
reporter. She is a BYU comm grad and a serious journalist, recipient of the
Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy.
She also gave it all up a few years ago to be a fulltime wife and mother.
Also, the recent NEWSWEEK story was written by an LDS reporter.
Having been a working journalist for some years, I have to say that many
aspects of the practice are antithetical to LDS beliefs.
Basically, to be a good reporter, you have to be willing to use people. And
this is against everything I believe as a Christian; it is not how I want to
live my life. For me, the moment of truth came when I was sent out to cover
a fire. It was the day that we were laying out a weekly community
newspaper, so there wouldn't be time/room for a full spread, but when we
heard the news on the police monitor, the editor saved room for a front-page
photo, and I grabbed a camera and jumped in the car.
When I got to the house, it was pretty much gutted. I saw the perfect
picture that told the story: a woman had piled the last of her possessions
into her station wagon, and she was sitting on the hood of her car, sobbing.
I did not take that picture. I would not want a picture of me in that state
to be on the front page, and I believe in the golden rule. I turned and
snapped something of the volunteer firemen.
That's when I decided to maybe stick to research instead of reporting.
A friend who was a reporter for KSL tells a similar story of covering an
awful train wreck in Nevada and having to stick his microphone in the face
of devastated family members and shocked survivors. He did it, but
determined he wouldn't again. He decided to go to change careers, and now
has a thriving dental practice in South Florida.
Now, I have to say that not every journalist is faced with that kind of
thing. When I was asked to be an editorial writer for my local newspaper, I
laid those cards out on the table, and the editor promised me that I would
never have to make those kind of compromises, that I could even turn down
candidate endorsements that I found repugnant. And I did find that job
mostly a pretty good experience.
But if I had been the ONLY writer on staff, I couldn't have been so choosy.
So my guess is that LDS might tend to be under-represented in the ranks of
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