Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Maybe this should be up front?

This is part of a message I posted as a comment, but I thought it might be missed and I'd really like some feedback from the people who visit my blog.


. . .I've covered some pretty big breaking news stories, like the shuttle crash, the Peterson investigation and trial, the Dallas church shooting, the return of Elizabeth Smart, and recently President Reagan's funeral (that's just off the top of my head). Some of these have cool stories or behind the scenes points of interest (not like my run-in with the San Diego Navy base security, that was just silly). Should I be dipping into the past history pool? A lot of news tends to be forgotten, even by the people who cover it. I know the people involved are affected in ways I can't imagine and sometimes that does sadden me. What I witness is often traumatic and emotionally scarring for the people involved. Often, all I can do is be professional and sensitive to the nature of the stories that I cover. As much as I enjoy my job, I'd love to never cover another funeral or intrude on another person's time of grief.

I'm starting to rant, but the question remains. Does anybody want to know the stuff from the past?

24 comments:

rg said...

Quite simply - yes.

gemmak said...

YES! :o)

Deanna said...

It's really a judgement call on your part. I can either open my eyes and learn from history, or have history come back to haunt me. People will inherit the compassion that you share, especially for the assignments that touch everyone down to their souls.

beFrank said...

I have shots of Playboy Bunnies.

magz said...

Mornin Frank family! bryan, it's the nature o da beast in your biz, that news is news exactly because it's transitory. i'm not sure if it's genetic or conditioned... but folks get so involved in the biggest stories, then instantly let em slip out of mind when the next story hits. Except for the people that live them, and those who take them to heart such as yourself. Im glad you have AW and family to help you download yer recycle bin... and im really glad that there are people like you that actually care about things other than aquisistions. take care of your health and your family..and keep the stories coming! if even 1 person out of 1000 stops for a second and cares about 'old news'... then you've done a marvelous thing. bet the hardest part for you is not getting time to followup every single story....

magz said...

pee ess: does AW know about these??? hahahaha.. maybe you could hide them in her office... she'll never find em in there...

Jack's Shack said...

It is going to be a judgement call on a case by case basis. In general I think that people are interested in learning what happened to some of the subjects of the stories.

Doug - The JeepCruzer said...

If I were you, I don't think I would spend alot of time enlightening us on past stories unless there is some relevance to a current topic your speaking on. In my experience with blogging, publishing and just keeping a journal, trying to go back and document things from the past become tedious. On top of that, it seems the point of a blog, especially your blog, is to show people what you've been up to lately. So to sum up, I'd say to save the stress and anxiety of trying to re-tell a story and just work on keeping up with the day to day action.

paintergirl said...

I think people do care about the past (events) but somewhat selectively. If it gets people to think, you've been helpful. If it helps you by talking about it, then that is what matters. I live across the street from a funeral home, and see families all the time in the worst possible state and yet here are the funeral directors, just another job to them. I say by talking about the past, no one forgets. Sorry, I'm a bit all over the place.

Lisa said...

In a way, I think it is "another job" to them, just like a doctor who has to turn off some feelings during certain times to get through the day. Essentially, they are doing what they've been trained to do.

As to Frank's question, I'm more interested in the news of the day.. I think there is so much of it that is interesting.

dkgoodman said...

I do a lot of genealogy research, and over and over I find that our family history is sinking beyond retrieval because the people who have the knowledge start to forget, or they pass away. It's not just news that's transitory. You're there, you have the nose, you're a great communicator. I say, write it down! Quick, before it gets away! It never hurts to get another perspective. You're the Action Man. Do it. - Dave

Boron said...

First, sorry to be intruding your blog, but....it's addictive and if I may comment....
In a way you are actually my window to another side of the world. I'm in SEAsia region, in Malaysia. Your blog puts me where you are and help me learn about other people and share experiences and values. I've lived in Fresno and then in Washington State during my college years and I do missed those days and I think the past is where we learned and become wiser a bit and its what makes up into you. In short, I don't mind if you want to talk about the past, and i would love to share your stories.

Boron said...

First, sorry to be intruding your blog, but....it's addictive and if I may comment....
In a way you are actually my window to another side of the world. I'm in SEAsia region, in Malaysia. Your blog puts me where you are and help me learn about other people and share experiences and values. I've lived in Fresno and then in Washington State during my college years and I do missed those days and I think the past is where we learned and become wiser a bit and its what makes up into you. In short, I don't mind if you want to talk about the past, and i would love to share your stories.

MsOktober said...

Boston Bryan,

I look at it this way - we listen to old songs and read old books over and over because we like them....they bring something to us. Past events are the same way. If they evoke memories we've buried or conjure up a new way of thinking based on your experience or opinion, then it's worth it to share them again. News is interesting...lay it on us.

And pictures, even of bunnies (smirk), never get old.

suegee said...

Bryan, If you have the inclination, it would be fascinating to hear some in depth info on past events you have covered. Americans are so much into the instant sound bite/short attention span stuff, it would be a nice change. Also, look at it from the history angle. You have an opportunity to leave a written record of some very important events, and every day events too. Call it "Action Man: Eye on America!" I had the opportunity to translate my Grandfather's diary and it provided a portrait of a time in the world that is now forever gone. Even bunnies won't last forever!

Radmila said...

yesyesyes

dkgoodman said...

By the way, I noticed today that your sidebars jitter left and right when you reload the page. Mine did that when I made one of the sidebars too wide, and I fixed it by making sure they were all the right width. Yours might have started when you added your blogroll.

mommy 3x said...

Ever since I moved from San Diego to LA, I missed the talks I have with strangers during my everyday rituals. Because I take the train often to commute back and forth, I love the conversations I've had with different types of people from all walks of life. They let me in on a little piece of their life and in turn, change my life in some way or another. I could associate with the 14-year old El Salvadorian girl who just lost her baby a couple months before and the nice elderly lady who ended up being close friends with Enrico Ferme throughout his whole life. The past always contains answers for the future. If that's what your underlying purpose when exposing the story...then, you should hold no guilt. Only compassion and understanding can make the trial a little easier.

furiousmuse said...

short & simple: yes!
i'm enjoying your blog thoroughly so far & i'm glad blogger chose it to be noted. i live in so cal also, so i'm enjoying your take on the local flare :) thank you for sharing your experiences!
p.s. you have such a beautiful relationship with your wife: it makes me grin w-i-d-e-l-y everytime i read a reference to "action wife" :D

beFrank said...

My lovely wife will be smiling ear to ear from your kind words. Thank you. Also, it's comments like yours that make it so easy for me to sweep her off her feet (grin).

-beFrank-

dewi said...

hi,
blogger never made a mistake noting cool blog. As a journalist, perhaps u accustomed to tell your family about the latest experience u've had within the day. Then, u must noticed enthusiastic looking upon their eyes..it's just what we feel when looking at ur photo posting.We would like to hear more experiences from u of course.nice to visit this blog:)

Brendan said...

Hi Frank, I really like your blog and would love hearing about the past. I am a newspaper geek/photo guy and was amazed when I found your blog. I only get to read about the news and see the talking heads. Its nice to get an idea of the people behind the scenes and what they do. I'm more interested in the perspective of the members of an organization than I am in what a teleprompter says. Thanks.

Flaming-Liberal said...

I'm not a regular reader of your blog (just yet) as I am usually more interested in political things. I just happened across your entry asking about past articles after reading some of your other work. While reading the comments section, I saw quite a few different opinions on the subject, when I remembered some stories from my childhood told by my ancestors now long gone.

You seem to have a unique perspective as a reporter. How many others actually give a hoot about anything, you care, or something like it. I'm sure you know that we as a people are defined by our stories. Unfortunately, the media have made us throw-away consumers of stories. Maybe you can help change that, in some small way help us regain something we've lost. A sense that a story is worth keeping, even if it is "old news".
Rock on!

Elizabeth said...

Frank: I would love to hear a story from the past -- when you have a slow news day :-). The shuttle crash, for instance.
Elizabeth