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Media Forum

7. We Don't Walk Away from Stories

[Ashley] I want to know why media is not reporting more stories on issues that impact my life?  

[Robb Leer] Stacey, why don't you take that one? Why is the media not reporting more stories that impact the life of Ashley and others like her?

[Stacy Nogy – KARE 11] I think that the biggest problem is, you know, not…not knowing about it. I've never known KARE 11 or any other station to ever walk away from a story that they thought was good. And I think we would always go after that.

But… but really, you know, when we get… you know, most of our news gathering comes from people calling or e-mailing or posting on Facebook, saying, "Hey, you really need to look at this."

And so sometimes it's just, you know, if we don't have people talking to us about these things, we just…we don't know. And, hopefully, events like this, you know, I'll learn something from you today, but… but I'd encourage you to reach out with your stories.

[Robb Leer] Liz, you want to touch that one?

[Liz Collin – WCCO TV Reporter and Anchor] Just to kind of echo what was…was said, but it's… I want you guys to know that we're not in a newsroom meeting, in an editorial meeting and saying, "Okay, we're not going to do that story because it involves people with developmental disabilities."

That conversation is not happening. We are, you know, when we're hearing about good stories, we're gonna…we're gonna do them.

There was a tip that came in to me – I think it was maybe a year ago now – a man who was refused service by five different cab companies on his way back from Toby Keith's Bar.

And I pitched the story and I said, "You know, this just seems like, you know, something we should do tonight."

And there was some concern because there was a problem with his speech, but I said, "You know, we'll make it work."

"He has an iPad and I know we'll have somebody there to communicate for him."

And I think it really, it really did strike a nerve. The cab company apologized and kind of bent over backwards to kind of right that wrong. And that was something I recognized that this is a… this is a good story. And we need to… we need to do this.

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