I've got a friend (yes really I do!) on another forum who posted the
don't know how many of you are aware of this, but I write for our local newspaper. I had a regular weekly column for four years which ended a few months ago, and the editor has me freelance reporting now. The big "City-Council" meeting was my first gig. Woo-Hoo! Talk about ex-derned-citing! "Mr. Soboring would like the masking tape removed from the ceiling, as it's been there since we painted last summer." Zzzzzzzzzzz.... But, my town is small enough, it was front page news lol. Anyway, I just got off the phone with my editor and he wants me to do a human interest story. This will be published the Sunday before Christmas, and they're sending me a list of families I need to interview. These are families with one parent in jail during Christmas. This hasn't been my merriest Christmas so far, and this isn't the jolliest assignment I can imagine. I'm willing to bet there are going to be some tearful children I have to talk with, and I'm sure that's going to be heartbreaking. I'm also supposed to take pictures (not sure what of, though, yet). I will need to outline my interview questions, and wondered--if you were reading this type of story, what would you want to know about the family, how they cope with the sadness of an incarcerated parent, etc.? I have a few questions in mind to ask, but wanted some feedback from others. Thanks. ~Tracy
If you all can think of anything to help her post it here and I'll have come on and read your replies. This is a chance to help show things in a different, maybe positive light for once.