On Sunday, I was touched after reading Seth Boster’s article in the Missourian about Jacob Meadows. I imagine that it would be overwhelmingly difficult to cover a suicide story, and even more so in the aftermath of last week’s horrific tragedy. Instead of stirring up even more pain for Meadow’s friends and family by reporting on the cause of his death, Boster’s story angle focused on Meadow’s high school band, and how he was loved and cherished by many.
After I read the article, I realized that this was what good journalism is all about. It’s not to make people feel bad about themselves or the world that we live in. It’s not always about a hard-news lead or the latest corruption in politics. Sometimes, it’s as simple as showing compassion to friends and family after an unthinkable tragedy, and showing the community around us that we care.
While it’s never easy to handle the death of a loved one, I sincerely believe that Boster’s story will help Meadows’ friends and family through the grieving process by allowing them to reminisce about the happy memories and experiences they’ve shared together. After the article was published, Boster received a thank you call from Meadows’ family. As a journalist, that’s all one could ever hope for.