Are These Reporters Vultures?

Typically when I think of reporters I think of people who don’t really connect or relate to the stories they write about. Rather, I think of them as people who just go in, get the facts, write the story and move on. I feel as though many reporters just have their own agenda and aren’t always careful even if their story covers a sensitive issue such as a child dying from cancer. Now maybe my view of this isn’t true. After all I do not have significant experience in journalism or motives of reporters. That is just how I feel. That being said, it was refreshing to read about Diana Sugg. She really truly cared about the story she was working on and she really tried to approach it carefully since it was such a sensitive topic. I am sure there are many reporters of her kind, but I personally don’t hear of them very often.

You could really tell how much she cared because of many different things. One example is how careful she continuously was in asking her questions. Whether she was asking R.J. questions or asking his mother questions, she was always very careful and tried not to push to hard or cross the line. She also always emphasized being appropriate; not pushing to hard, and not seeming as though she didn’t care at all. She tried to find the sweet spot in between those two extremes.

Another way I could tell that she cared was how much time she spent not only working on the story, but how long she waited to publish the story after R.J. past away. She really put a lot of thought into writing this story and this goes along with what I spoke of earlier on how she always carefully asked questions.But it also seems as though she gave a lot of time to reflect whether or not she should continue with this story. She constantly battled with herself whether or not it would help other dying children or if it would hurt R.J.’s mother Michele.

Finally another way I saw the amount of care she put into the story was how involved she was in the lives of who she was writing the story about. Diana and her photographer Monica spent countless days with R.J. and his mother Michele. They became close with each other. Diana helped R.J. from time to time with medical things and she even sat down and played a game of chess with him, whether it was unprofessional or not. Even after R.J. died Diana kept in contact with his mother everyday and she even seemed to be someone that his mother could rely on since the father had been gone and her family members

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weren’t around. A reporter who was just trying to follow their agenda wouldn’t put this amount of time or thought into the subjects of their story. Diana truly cared about the topic and the people who were involved in it. For that reason I do not believe that Diana and Monica are vultures. Yes they may have had to ask questions and take pictures. But they were careful and thoughtful in the way that they approached it, and that payed off. Her story helped many people who were going through similar situations, and that might be because she followed her heart rather than her agenda.


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