Elizabeth E George

Ethics of Writing

In Blog, Uncategorized on December 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

By Elizabeth E. George

I woke-up on that dreaded day a few days ago to a frantic phone call from my mother.  It was 10:30am.

As a writer — and a person trying to become more of a journalist — I ran to my computer, opened the local news page, and wrote, holding back anything but objective thought.

I can do this. They have to know what’s going on,
I thought.

I’ve written news stories before — sensitive ones, ones on 9/11 — but this was different.  I was shaking while typing awful sentences, full of bad adjectives that no one should ever have to write about like this.

I will lose bloggers. I might lose friends. But, they have to know.

 

The incident hit so close to home, literally. (I was writing from a nearby town and I know people who have lost someone that day.)

But, was I cruel? My friend was reporting, too. The only difference is that he has an official badge. I wasn’t calling him for information, or jumping into my car to join locusts over the shocked and now grieving town. No, I was trying to tell people what was going on. I was numb while writing it all. I don’t think I can do this, I thought.

When I started The INSIDE, I did so with the objective of conveying news, messages, poetry, passion. I never thought of this.
I will take the chance. It isn’t about me — whether people like me for writing about this. I can and will cry later.


And it isn’t about me. It isn’t about fancy words here. It isn’t about tweeting — er, twatting (as one friend puts it) my fame. No, they have to know.

The only thing left for me to say is that yes, I cried — a lot.

I had to ask a friend if he thought I was a locust for reporting about this so early in the event, when much news was still unfolding, and my family not knowing what is happening to their CT relatives.

I kept typing and updating until about 4:30pm, and that is when I knew that they knew.  I was done. I did what I was to do — reported.

I have reporter friends whom I texted and asked “are you okay?” Thank goodness they were.

Thank goodness my family and friends are okay.

My heartfelt condolences.

But that is not enough.

 

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  1. Each and every word of your blog remind me about the horrible event occured in my country. I can understand your feeling. Once again i also pay condolences to those people.

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