One of the perennial questions for NLGJA is explaining why our organization is necessary and why openly LGBT journalists in the newsroom are important. I can’t think of a better example than this video, from the Twin Cities’ Fox9 anchor Jason Matheson who is on “Good Day Minnesota.”
Here, he talks about the story of Justin Aaberg, a teen who committed suicide after being bullied. After talking about the need for more education and people stepping-up to help kids, he talks about his own experience of being bullied and called “the f-word.” The reaction from his co-host shows how unexpected and moving the segment was.
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There’s often a question of why–especially in television–there is a need for more openly LGBT anchors and reporters. Not every story needs self-disclosure, but the idea that openly LGBT journalists can’t bring some perspective–and sometimes self-disclosure–to a story that helps illuminate it is challenged in this piece.