What am I saying? She’s already a journalist, and she’s already paid more dues than some of the pros in the business. Admittedly, her beginning was less than auspicious:
Hi. I’m Hilde Lysiak. I’m the publisher of the Orange Street News. I believe it is important to write this newspaper because I believe people need to know what is happening around Orange Street. I’m eight years old and love to play outside and also love holidays and birthdays. I hope you enjoy this issue of the Orange Street News and pick up the next issue.
But that was over a year ago. Last week:
A man is suspected of murdering his wife with a hammer at 9th Street in Selinsgrove, sources told the Orange Street News.
Law enforcement sources will not confirm.
“This is an ongoing investigation,” an officer told the Orange Street News.
Residents reported seeing a person taken out on a stretcher but were told by police not to talk to media.
“They told us we can’t talk about anything,” one neighbor told the Orange Street News.
The woman is a former Selinsgrove borough employee. Many neighbors remembered her fondly.
“This is terrible. Just terrible,” one neighbor told the OSN. “I can’t believe this happened. She was such a wonderful woman. Very kind.”
The suspected murdered was a retired school teacher at Selinsgrove and the victim also worked as branch manager at a local bank manager on Market Street, according to neighbors.
Amazingly, she caught some flak for reporting on this. She ably defended herself in the Guardian (yes, the actual Guardian):
Here’s what happened. On 2 April, there was a homicide in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. It took place just a few blocks from my house, where I run my newspaper.
I acted on a tip from a good source that I was able to get through some of my other reporting. After confirming with the police department, I then went straight to the scene and spoke to neighbors and got more information. I worked very hard.
Because of my work I was able to keep the people of Selinsgrove informed about this very important event hours before my competition even got to the scene.
In fact, some other news sites run by adults were reporting the wrong information or no information at all while the Orange Street News was at the scene doing the hard work to report the facts to the people.
Consider yourselves called out, haters.
Me, I’m now subscribing to the Orange Street News, because this sort of enterprise needs to be supported. (As Robert Stacy McCain would say: “Hit the freaking tip jar!”)