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Welcome back to the Huddle,


Journalists have the power to heal or to hurt. 


There is no doubt that there is some satisfaction to be gained (and perhaps ratings) by unfolding a story that invites ridicule on the part of the wider community who knows little or nothing of the neighbourhood I call home. 


There is a dark side through our whole culture that seems to enjoy feeling a bit better because there is always someone else to look down upon. 


We ought to be wide awake to any attempt that looks like it might be concerned for the community that might really be inviting disgust on a large scale.


Journalists can investigate and reveal “problems” or “people”. If they take the time to ask why someone might be living in a deplorable state, they can show a story that explains the circumstances that reveal the person. 


The effect of such a exercise in journalism would be to cause the viewer to discover a neighbour in need. 


The effect of revealing mere “problems” will cause a viewer to recoil in judgement and disgust.


The show “struggle street” may have missed a unique opportunity to really meet people. They might have missed an opportunity to truly understand what struggle is. They might have missed something of the real resilience and strength that is part of the community here. 


This is my community.


You can’t hate or be disgusted with a whole person. The only way you can hate someone is to take a picture and call it the whole movie.


My problem with this show is not just its shallow analysis but with what it missed. 


The extent to which the wider community recoil or laugh in response to these programmes will be the extent to which these journalists have missed the mark, failing themselves, their craft, the community and the most vulnerable whom I consider friends and family.

Tonight a few million people will watch this show, but how many will really see?


There is so much more to say, thanks for being the change, 


Till we gather again,


Jon Owen


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