The Job Of A Reporter
The job of a reporter is to ask hard questions about painful issues, to uncover the facts, and to show the alternatives that are providing solutions, or can provide solutions in the future. This is Lindsey’s and my mission. In The Silent Majority, we wanted to show what can work to improve our communities instead of reporting on what isn’t working. The nation already knows what isn’t working. Lack of education in middle school, high school and college about alcohol and substances doesn’t work. Ignoring the situation isn’t working.
Corporate slogans, like Just Do It, may work for exercise, but Just Say No didn’t work for teens because No doesn’t offer a positive alternative to Yes.
The DARE and other programs send police officers into schools when using intoxicants is a social and cultural issue that should be addressed by teachers, parents, peers and mentors.
Addiction is universal. Everybody uses something, and no one wants to stop. How do we teach families and children to make distinctions between addictions that do not cause harm, and those that do. Addiction sends millions of people to jail and prison, but 75% of addicts never receive treatment. Without education and treatment the epidemic of addiction can only get worse.
How do we teach positive choices to our children without being repressive? How can the media cover addiction with dignity and respect? How do we tell the recovery story without exploiting the addict in the worst stages of active use? What is our education initiative in this area? These are the questions we are beginning to address with a new kind of documentary.
“The Silent Majority” shows three programs that go beyond telling kids what not to do. For more information: Contact us.