Skip to comments.This 9-Year-Old Journalist Just Schooled Her Critics
Posted on 04/06/2016 10:38:18 AM PDT by Kaslin
Hilde Kate Lysiak, a 9-year-old from Selinsgrove, PA, is the writer, editor, and publisher of the Orange Street News, a paper covering events in her hometown of just over 5,000. Recently, Lysiak got a tip from a credible source that there had been a murder in town, and like any journalist, she went to the scene, interviewed neighbors, and wrote a piece. She wound up breaking the story hours before other area newspapers reported the crime.
News Alert!- SUSPECTED MURDER!!!
Needless to say, some people were a little upset that a third grader was covering violent crime, and suggested that she play with dolls or have a tea party instead. Lysiak was (justifiably) offended by these comments, and recorded a video responding to her critics:
OSN Responds To Critics
If you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computers and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?
Lysiak has been interested in journalism for a long time, and used to accompany her father, a former reporter for the New York Daily News, to the newsroom. She's put out 12 issues of the Orange Street News since she was 7. (Her first lead story was about the birth of her baby sister.) She has been covering crime stories since she was 8, although this was her first murder story.
Honestly, good for Lysiak for taking the initiative to follow her passion at such a young age, and shame on her detractors. I first became interested in journalism when I was about her age (I was 10, and I was inspired by the coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks) and I landed my first big interview (with then-Gov. John Baldacci at the opening of Southern Maine Community College) shortly after I turned 12. Nobody criticized me for my age then, and I'm lucky I had people who were willing to nurture my dreams rather than shut me down and tell me to go play with dolls. Hilde deserves the same treatment I got.
I bet this isn't the last we're going to see from Lysiak.
No comment needed!
You go girl!!
Poor kid doesn't have a chance....
There’s a great episode of Andy Griffith where Opie and a friend publish a Mayberry newspaper filled with gossip they heard form parents and the old ladies in town.
Good for this girl. She doesn’t need to have a tea party. I think she is the tea party. Doing the job the J-School types refuse to do.
These people who get so easily “disgusted” are making it difficult for me to maintain civility of speech.
You go, girl!
Your dad taught you well.
You put the local MSM to shame.
I certainly hope not!
You GO girl!
She told them how the cow eats the cabbage!! Go Girl!!
Ironically, yesterday I think it was,
... was a story posted here about some loser mom who paid a stripper to dance at her 9 year old son’s birthday party, a video was posted showing her giving him a lap dance.
Clearly there is more than one America.
This was the best, most uplifting story I have read in many weeks. It’s probably too much to hope that she won’t be indoctrinated as a 100% leftie, but let her grow up first.
Good for her and her Dad. Some children are ready to deal with very real, very serious topics w/o excessive amounts of counseling or handholding.
Many people are truly BORN to do a certain thing and I think you are one. When I was just 10, my 3rd generation watchmakers uncle and father put a watch in my hands. 20 minutes later I told them I would do this the rest of my life.
People just smiled and nodded...yeah sure they thought.
Now I’m 81 and still with the watches 71 years later, but now I’m down to only 5 days a week.
Study hard, work hard and learn as much as possible. I bet in 25 years people will be reading YOU and watching YOU on the nightly news.
Follow your own path.
Okay, NOW I feel OLD..................................
Loser mom is right.
So do I.
Where’s your mommy? This is child endangerment.
Contrast this girl with 99% of FR’s resident bloggers whose idea of reporting is taking a day-old headline and adding the word “Boom” to it. This girl actually works.
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