I was not present at the fire; therefore, because I received two very different sides to this story, I provided both sides, first from the fire chief, then from the witnesses.
I want to take a moment to say that I welcome any constructive criticism to all articles that I write. As a new journalist, it would be unwise not to. But unfortunately, the conversation Headrick had with me was far from what I would call constructive. I would call it bullying.
“I know you have a job to do and I don’t want to give you s*** but I don’t need this crap,” Headrick told me.
Headrick told me, “Your paper has been after our ass since the incident has happened. Back off. If you continue to go down this road, Lindsay, it’s not going to get nice.”
Trevor (Bud) Slapak, editor of the Pass Herald has come out swinging in defense of his reporter Lindsay Goss by way of his weekly editorial (not available on-line). Read it here.
When the media refuses to inform and the public no longer questions, that truly is the beginning of the end of democracy.