September 27, 2011
By The Working Press
Compiled and photographed by Corinne Chin/The Working Press.
The Working Press interviewed 20 people Tuesday asking this question. Reactions ranged from “absolutely shocked” to “kind of sad,” but many were completely unaware of its withdrawal:
• Seven people expressed surprise that NABJ had withdrawn from the organization, but they did not know enough about the situation to comment further.
• Nine people declined to comment because of their lack of knowledge.
• One person declined to comment due to a conflict of interest.
Three people shared their thoughts:
“I’m not so sure of the details … It makes me wonder why they withdrew, why they’re closing themselves off. I do think you should get out what you put into it… but withdrawing just hurts themselves.”
Shannon Burns, Defense Media Activity
“I really am not that well versed to really understand. I heard people talking about it earlier this week. I admit I probably should know more.”
Kenneth A. Fischer, professor, University of Oklahoma
“It strikes me as unfortunate for smaller organizations that might struggle with attendance without a group that provides such large numbers. I hope the change isn’t crippling for Unity.”
Eric Bradner, Statehouse Bureau Chief, Evansville Courier & Press