10/23/05 Bravo Lincoln Journal Star
The article also told our story and the struggles of those who live in the not knowing. It summarizes our efforts to keep pounding the proverbial pavement of the general public, always looking for people who are willing to be our eyes and ears.
What was most remarkable to me, which is not known by reading the online version, is that this story ran on the main front page, and a LJS employee by the name of Matt Van Driest added a huge full color collage of some of the missing persons in Nebraska. This collage included age progressed photos as applicable and basic case information. Anyone who picked up the paper that day could not avoid noticing it.
Just think, if we could get other newspapers to do something like this, even if just occasionally, what an impact it might have. I won't be surprised if the State Patrol doesn't get quite a few calls from the public tomorrow about this. Perhaps these calls will all be inquiries, but perhaps some could be leads for any of Nebraska's missing, including my own son.
Bravo to the Lincoln Journal Star, the article's author, Gwen Tietgen, and Matt Van Driest. By the way, Gwen did a fantastic job interviewing me, and on writing the article. She has a sincere and keen interest in our cause.
I'm going to have to write a special newspaper media challenge now, as the LJS has raised the bar in going beyond just the story. They took it all the way. They could have just published the story and perhaps one or two photos, but they published the photos of all the missing persons who are currently on the State Patrol's website. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
Thank you, LJS!
(The Nebraska State patrol continues their work to institute Jason's Law.)
The article: http://tinyurl.com/8ouzh
The NE State Missing Person's Clearinghouse: http://www.nsp.state.ne.us/findfile.asp?id2=53