It’s every journalist’s worst nightmare: the reporter has become the story.
So you can imagine the veritable crisis center that became of the Prairie Village Post newsroom when the following tidbit came across our desk last week: Jamie and Marilyn Senter’s 80th Street abode has been named “Home of the Season” by the Corinth Hills Homes Association.
On the one hand, I was happy for the Senters. Partially because they are my parents. On the other, our familial relationship posed an ethical conundrum the likes of which we rarely face. Do we cover the story straight ahead, just like everything else, and open ourselves up to criticisms of favoritism? Or do we kill it, and in doing so leave the homeowners of Corinth Hills asking themselves, “So, who was named ‘Home of the Season?’ Why are people trying to cover this information up? WHY!?”
Day after day, night after night, we debated the merits of both sides of the argument. And then we had a slow news day. So we decided to just publish it.
Way to go, Mom and Dad.