Channeling the “Scream” horror movies of the 1990s and early 2000s, reporter Gale Weathers portrayed by Courteney Cox said, in addressing a college forum about journalism, “Being the best means being willing to do what the others would not.”
Hilde Kate Lysiak is only 9 years old. While she might not be considered “the best” in the field of journalism, it appears that she’s working toward it.
The youngster made headlines this week in social media and the news with her news website and coverage of a possible homicide in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
Yes. You read that correctly. The youngster inquired about a crime — and beat the competition in spreading the word.
Hilde publishes the Orange Street News, an endeavor that began as a newspaper for her family. Since 2014, according to The Associated Press, she has written about community happenings with the help of her father, Matthew, a former New York Daily News reporter, and sister, Isabel Rose Lysiak, 12, who does photos and videos for the news site.
Hilde’s work, like almost everything in cyberspace, garners cheers and jeers. In her latest coverage, some suggested that she keep busy playing with dolls and having tea parties instead of being a reporter.
Hilde shot back at the critics. According to the AP article, she said, “I know this makes some of you uncomfortable, and I know some of you just want me to sit down and be quiet because I’m 9. But if you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computer and do something about the news. There, is that cute enough for you?”
I’m sure Hilde enjoys making childhood memories, but if she wants to try journalism at a young age, then let her do it. Take a look at Kit Kittredge of American Girl doll fame? According to the AG website, Kit holds a nose for news, and if I remember correctly she is about 10 years old and growing up during the Great Depression.
Back to Hilde. She and her sister’s news interest comes from watching their father in action. Perhaps it will continue as they grow and they will pursue careers in journalism and communications. If not, then at least they gained a glimpse into a possible career.
Consider it job shadowing at its finest. All youngsters should do job shadowing and explore careers to gain perspective and to help form their futures. It’s never too early to start.