Couple quick updates to yesterday’s blog: First, it appears The State newspaper in South Carolina has responded to the avalanche of negative publicity about their decision to not allow their columnist, Ron Morris, to write about South Carolina football. Suddenly, The State is saying Morris can write what he wants.
Color me dubious. But even if it took this long, glad they’re reversing course.
Second, the Reno Gazette-Journal interviewed the children of Marianne Theresa Johnson-Reddick, the Nevada woman whose scathing online obituary written by her children went viral this week. Really interesting story of why they wrote what they did.
I thought the Jets coming up with a stunning win over the Patriots last night could be a part of GNF, but ya know, despite numerous, numerous chances, they couldn’t get it done. God I hate losing to the damn Patriots…
OK, on with the show…
To start Good News Friday, a pretty remarkable story about a dog who saved a child from abuse. The Jordan family of Charleston, S.C. noticed that the family pet, Killian, a black lab and German shepherd mix, became aggressive toward babysitter Alexis Khan whenever she was around.
Then they secretly recorded 22-year-old Alexis while she babysat 7-month old Finn, and found out...
It started with cussing,” Jordan said. “Then you hear slap noises and his crying changes from a distress cry to a pain cry. I just wanted to reach through the audio tape, go back in time and just grab him up.”
“To know that five months I had handed my child to a monster, not knowing what was going on in my house for that day,” said Jordan.
Khan was later arrested and confessed, and will have to serve one to three years in prison.
Amazing story. Amazing dog.
**Next up, NFL running back Arian Foster has always been one of the brighter, more well-spoken players in the league; I’ve written some of the things he’s penned before and watched him in interviews, and he’s one of the athletes who “gets it.”
Foster has a 4-year-old daughter, and this week he wrote a beautiful essay about the six things he’d like to teach her as she grows up; life lessons that he’s learned.
Really a beautiful piece of writing. He seems like a grounded, terrific young man.
**Finally, a quick personal story that qualifies as good news, I think. My buddy Jeff Pearlman teaches journalism at a small college in New York, and he invited me to his classroom Thursday to be a “guest speaker” to about 15 students.
I have spoken to classrooms about journalism before, but this was my first time doing it since I left newspapers two years ago.
It was a fantastic experience, talking to the kids. There’s so much bad news about newspapers, nearly every single day, with round of layoffs and buyouts and closings and ugh, just so much to be pessimistic about (A good friend works at the Salt Lake Tribune, who had massive layoffs Thursday.)
But talking to these kids about my career, and their future career, was uplifting. They know all the bad news about the profession, but they still want to be journalists. They’re fresh-faced and eager and asked lots of good questions.
It was very reaffirming to know that while newspapers might be dying, there are still lots of people who want to help stave off the funeral.