When it comes to journalism, not everyone possesses the professional spirit found on Hilde Kate Lysiak, the 9-year-old journalist who runs The Orange Street News in her community of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Recently, the young journalist’s video go viral after she went straight to the scene reporting a murder taken place a few blocks away. Inheriting the sense of news from her father who used to work for New York Daily News, Hilde established her exclusive reporting channel.
At first, the OSN focused on “cute” peaceful events, but obviously Hilde doesn’t feel content with a childish stories collection. Therefore, she tried to cover serious ongoing issues, including vandalism, local drinking water quality and even drug problem in highschools. “She tells me that once she gets past the initial shock that there’s a 9-year-old asking questions, people treat her well,” her father said. “They treat her like an adult reporter.”
But since the topic’s magnitude is increasing, some critcizing comments were raised too, such as “Perhaps you are too young to understand the difference between decency/respect and sensationalism” and “9-year-old girls should be playing with dolls, not trying to be reporters.”
Managed to keep people informed about this serious crime hours before local news outlets, Hilde is still quite determined, “I don’t think people should be able to decide for me who I should be and what I should be doing. I never began my newspaper so that people would think I was cute. I started the Orange Street News to give people the information they need to know.”
Hilde’s parents would help format her stories for posting as well as make sure there’s nothing wildly inappropriate in her email box, but that’s where they stop. Despite these basic protection and assistance, Hilde do everything just as professional as any journalist on her own, no matter it is knocking on doors or interviewing that need to be done as necessity for gathering information.The girl claimed, “When people say I can’t because I’m a girl, it makes me angry. It makes me angry to think that people think just because I am 9, I can’t do good work.”
With her 12-year-old sister’s help, in a video posted Hilde perfectly responded to those who were upset about her journalist job. “I know some of you just want me to sit down and be quiet because I’m 9,” she said. “For those of you who think I need to mind my place, I’ll make you a deal. You get off your computer and do something to stop all the crime going on in my town and I’ll stop reporting on it. Until then, I’m going to keep doing my job.”
There’re bonus of course. This brave and wise reaction at once attracted outpouring fans for little Hilde on YouTube and Facebook, and even the discussion about female in journalism had been picked up.
After all, in the competition of news reporting, whoever seize time and the firsthand information wins.