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Where have all the good men (journalists) gone? 

Avila Beach

Kathy Johnston wrote an article in the Sept. 22 New Times on harvesting seeds from the camelina sativa plant for diesel or jet fuel, describing the exciting prospect of cultivating it here (“Harvesting jet fuel”). Our terrain is compatible with growing this plant where non-irrigated dry-farmed wheat and safflower crops are currently harvested.

Above this promising article is a photo of the plant with the caption, “Bombs, not food?” which is totally irrelevant to the premise of this article: our dependency on foreign oil.

The article is typical of one written by women, who are determined to insert their faint-hearted slant on news. Don’t men report the news anymore?

Managing ed. note: Ray, might I suggest you do some research into the history of journalism? The Internet’s a great resource, as is your nearest public library. In particular, you might be interested in Nellie Bly who in 1887 went undercover in an insane asylum, ultimately producing a book about the experience that completely altered the country’s policy approach to mental insanity. In 1889 she traveled around the world in 72 days, producing a world record.

You may also not have heard of Marie Mattingly Meloney who, at the age of 15, worked at The Washington Post, at 16 covered the Republican National Convention for the New York World, and by the age of 18 was a correspondent for the Denver Post. Her career spanned nearly 50 years and earned her a tribute in The New York Times praising her skill as a journalist upon her death.

Publisher Katharine Graham oversaw The Washington Post during its crucial coverage of the Watergate scandal, which most people consider the most significant presidential scandal in American history.

If you care to look closer to home, check out New Times’ Sept. 15 cover, “Game over,” by Amber Kiwan. It’s an informative and well-written piece capping off a months-long investigation into Cal Poly’s athletic department, specifically former volleyball coach Jon Stevenson.

By making the choice to dismiss female journalists, you’re missing out on a lot of important stories.


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