|Visual journalist Chris Dunn brought this magnet back|
for her editor, Eileen Joyce. It's on the side of Eileen's desk,
and is a visual connection of the YDR's newsroom to Newtown.
And they have written about their experiences:
- Reporter Lauren Boyer, in "Four days in Newtown: Reporting on the Sandy Hook school shooting," writes in part about the biggest thing she learned:
All too often, I take the “get-in, get-out” approach to journalism.
I get it done, crank out the story, and move onto the next thing.
I don’t ask people about their days or their plans for the holidays.
But you have to in a situation like this. You have to be kind, be human.
You have to show a genuine interest in the things people are saying and put the notepad away. Tell them you wish it never happened.
- Visual journalist Chris Dunn, in "An unexpected journey: Reporting in Newtown, Conn.," wrote in part:
I’ve been back in York for a full day now, and normalcy is not a thing yet. I went into work today to do some paperwork and participate in the holiday potluck and secret Santa gift exchange, but it all felt strange and foreign. Jeff and I are planning a weekend trip to Philadelphia — which had been our original plan for last weekend — and I mean to bake Christmas cookies, but it’s hard for me to focus on anything.
And yet, I was there for only four full days. I neither knew nor met any of the victims’ families. I never set foot inside a funeral service or wake, and I met only one person who personally knew a victim.
How or whether the people of Newtown and Sandy Hook will fully heal, I’m not sure. But I can say this: It is a strong, close-knit community, and even in a time of immense sorrow, the people are among the kindest, most polite I have ever met.
- Reporter John Hilton, in "A reporter in Newtown: Everywhere we turn, we meet 'gracious souls'," wrote in part:
I started Wednesday covering Sandy Hook Principal Dawn Hochsprung’s wake. The anxiety quickly disappeared after the first two people I interviewed thanked me for covering the story.There is much more insight in each of these posts. All of them are well worth your time.
Everywhere we turn, my colleagues and I are confronted by gracious souls. Last night, one of the cleaning women at our hotel thanked YDR reporter Rebecca LeFever for her efforts. A psychologist staying here offered her services if anyone on staff needed grief counseling.