Summary

Many journalists, at some point in their careers, have had an “Ah-hah!” moment -- a sudden realization about the impact of their work or the work of their colleagues. Many of the journalists interviewed for the WNN report provided a single anecdote about an event that helped them understand and appreciate the power and purpose of journalism. We are sharing those epiphanies here.

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Scott Wasser

Executive Editor, Portland Press Herald
Portland, ME

Scott Wasser was a young reporter at the Stuttgart Daily Leader in Stuttgart, Ark., when he found himself up to his ankles in alligators (or at least feared that could be the case), and the power of the press became clear to him.

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Meg Heckman

Community Outreach Editor, The Concord Monitor
Concord, NH

Meg Heckman was writing her first “hard news” story for her college newspaper when she discovered how accurate reporting could suppress hearsay and rumors in a small community.

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Felice Belman

Editor, The Concord Monitor
Concord, NH

Felice Belman was a young reporter at the Concord Monitor when she tried to avoid stirring the grief surrounding a drowning death and realized she had missed an opportunity to tell a fuller story the community needed to hear.

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John Winn Miller

Publisher, The Concord Monitor
Concord, NH

John Winn Miller learned how journalism could help re-shape state law after public education came under the scrutiny of a federal judge in Kentucky.

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David Farré

Digital Developer, Burlington Free Press
Burlington, VT

David Farré’s epiphany came when he was a novice news photographer at The Daily Targum, his college newspaper at Rutgers, after a reporter commented on one of his pictures and everything came into focus.

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Mike Townsend

Executive Editor, Burlington Free Press
Burlington, VT

Michael Townsend sees his editor’s job as that of a “conveyer belt,” conveying key information to his community. It’s his job, he says, to make sure the information is shared on a “level playing field for all.”

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Bob Gorman

Managing Editor, The Watertown Daily Times
Watertown, N.Y.

Bob Gorman tells how one day, covering the courts for a twice-weekly newspaper in South Carolina, a case of food stamp fraud led to a major investigation, and it became “a day when journalism mattered.”

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John B. Johnson

V.P. & G.M., Northern N.Y. Newspaper Corp., Northern N.Y. Newspaper Corp.
Watertown, N.Y.

John B. Johnson tells how hearing a conversation at a local restaurant early one morning reaffirmed his understanding of the vital role the newspaper plays in his community.

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Wendy Warren

Vice President and Editor, Philly.com
Philadelphia, Pa.

Wendy Warren tells the story of a woman who called the Philadelphia Daily News with “a crazy story.” But The News listened, checked it out, and uncovered a scam that was driving people from their homes.

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Michael Days

Editor, Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia, Pa.

Michael Days was a young reporter when he wrote a story about a homeless family in Minneapolis and unleashed the power of the press.

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