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LOWE: 报道难民的故事之后我不得已放弃我的专栏

2016-4-16 21:31| 发布者: 51haoyouadmin| 查看: 2552| 评论: 0|来自: THE CHRONICLE HERALD

摘要: 没有一个我为之工作的媒体冤枉人达到了这个刊物在这个Chebucto Heights小学难民孩童的故事上对我的冤枉的程度。一整个周末它都在烦扰着我。它烦扰着你们这么多人。直到我读那个故事时,我一直为身为先驱报的专栏作家

LOWE: I had to give up column after refugee story

LEZLIE LOWE 
 April 15, 2016 - 4:00am 
 April 15, 2016 - 4:10am




我不会说,我永远不会为犯过一个巨大错误的报刊工作。如果我坚持这个原则,我绝不可能从写作中得到过报酬。

每一个新闻工作者,每一个编辑和刊物都会有时处于广泛关注的境地。有的多一些,有的少一些,我包括在内。

没有一个我为之工作的媒体冤枉人达到了这个刊物在这个Chebucto Heights小学难民孩童的故事上对我的冤枉的程度。

一整个周末它都在烦扰着我。它烦扰着你们这么多人。

直到我读那个故事时,我一直为身为先驱报的专栏作家自豪。我进入了为“每周观点”版块撰稿的第七个年头。

直到我读到那个故事的那一刻,我一直满怀谢忱地做一个纪事刊物的撰稿人,在那里作为一个进步的,女性的声音。我在纪事先驱报为那些观点与许多读者的核心信念发生冲突的人们创造了一个表达空间,以此为纪事先驱报赢得名誉。

但是,男人,它烦扰。

周日我询问有关解决该过错和损害的计划。周一当我打开我的文章时,我发现没有任何来自我的良心的回应来动摇那个故事。撤回或道歉将不会改变我的感知。

我的编辑到了办公室时,我立即要求辞职。

I won’t say I’ll never work for a paper that has made a monster-sized mistake. If I stuck to that principle, I’d never get paid to write. Every journalist, every editor and every publication sometimes falls wide of the mark. Some more, some less. Me, included.

But none I’ve worked for have gotten it wrong the way this paper got it wrong with the story about refugee children at Chebucto Heights Elementary School.

It gnawed at me all weekend. It gnawed at so many of you.

Until I read that story, I had always felt proud of being a Herald columnist. I am into my seventh year writing a weekly opinion piece.

Up to the very moment I read that story, I was grateful to be a writer in the paper of record, and a progressive, feminist voice, at that. I gave the Herald credit for making space for someone whose viewpoints clearly often clashed with the core beliefs of many of its readers.

But, man, it gnawed.

I asked Sunday about the plan to address the wrongs and the damage. I realized Monday when I opened my paper that no response was going to shake that story from my conscience. No retraction or apology was going to change the way I felt.

I resigned as soon as my editor got to the office.

Don’t mistake me. The subject is entirely relevant as a topic of journalistic inquiry: How are refugee children fitting in socially at school? How are they coping with the trauma they may have witnessed or experienced? How are refugee children affecting the culture of Halifax schools?

But the Chebucto Heights story didn’t ask any of those questions. Or, at least, not in a useful, meaningful or conscionable way.

Its faults are journalistic — unsubstantiated claims, anonymous sources and an anonymous writer. Its prevailing damage is social — it is outright, unchecked victimization of the already victimized. When I write, I ask myself: what if I were the subject of this story? How would I feel? And even if I didn’t like it, could I at least agree, with a pouty face, that the reporting was fair?

I doubt any parent of a refugee child at Chebucto Heights, or any other Nova Scotia school that’s been lucky enough to have these kids join their communities and enrich their classrooms, felt that story was fair play.

And, sure, bad journalism happens.

But more is at stake with this story. It’s not one person being maligned for a verified deed.

The story lays bare the worst of the worst xenophobia in our city and our province. It lacks all proportion. Balance eludes it, start to finish.

Journalists and citizen journalists alike have a responsibility to recognize and manage the great power they hold. That didn’t happen, here. Not even close.

I feel profound sadness leaving the paper. I will miss news editors who were kind and nurturing. I will miss copy-desk editors who made me a better writer and saved me, wholesale, from my own embarrassing mistakes.

I will miss readers most of all.

Writing in a province-wide paper is a privilege I did not take for granted. I was reminded of the unique delight every time I received an email, a letter or a card. (Ironic, isn’t it, that what turned out to be my final column was about letters from readers?)

Cranky, happy — every piece of feedback is a reminder that journalism matters in people’s lives.

And every story that gets written and published either builds journalism up, or tears it, nick by tiny nick, down.



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