Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

Young people who are accused of crimes often make the headlines. Why not highlight the ones who make positive contributions to their communities?

I had a conversation a few months ago with Judy Baker.  She runs the Volunteer and Service Learning Center at East Carolina University.  Judy had a valid complaint: the only young people we see on the news are the ones accused of a crime.  Judy argued, there are plenty of young people who are doing wonderful things who are more deserving of such attention.  She would know.  Her work with East Carolina puts her in direct contact with young people doing great things through volunteering.

Thus, the series "Young Heroes" was born.  On WITN News at Sunrise, we highlighted the good works of four young people in Greenville.  While they're deserving of praise, do you, the viewer, find stories like that interesting?  I'm interested in your thoughts.

 

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  • by Wanda Miller Location: Kenansville, NC on Apr 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM
    I agree with James. To the young people we are so proud of you all. It hurts to see other young people make mistakes that has a cost. You all make parent(s) BRAG! Good Job! WE like bragging on you all when you grow up with sense and you become responsible. Keep doing GOOD!
  • by james Location: washington on Mar 4, 2008 at 01:35 PM
    YES,LETS HEAR MORE GOOD THINGS, I AM SICK AND TIRED OF ONLY HEARING BAD NEWS,WHY DONT SOMEONE HAVE AWARDS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO SAVE LIVES,AND HELP SOMEONE AND START TELLING ALL THE GOOD THINGS PEOPLE DO. I CANT WATCH THE OSCARS AND ALL THE AWARDS SHOWS FOR THE MOVIE STARS,BIG DEAL. IT MAKES ME SICK.LETS HEAR FROM PEOPLE WHO DO GOOD THINGS FOR OTHERS,AND ALL THE WAYS PEOPLE ARE HELPING FIND CURES AND HELPING AMERICA GROW STRONGER.LIKE POLICE,FIRE EMT,NURSES,DOCTERS,AND JUST PLAIN PEOPLE WHO CARE FOR OTHERS
  • by Amanda on Feb 24, 2008 at 07:32 AM
    I am in agreement with Ms. Baker! You rarely see the youth being brought to light on tv other than by means of crime... The crimes that the rulers of this world do are far more worthy of being unveiled and exploited before the public, and dealt with, but you don't hear of, or see them nor their youngsters displayed with handcuffs, or the snapshots that come from the police department... It is most discouraging to see such injustice. We are very limited as to what actions we can do to stop it. Our constitutional rights are not as they should be... You must be careful even trying to express your opinion on such issues without you becoming a target yourself for some kind of threatening legal actions. Our youth need to be acknowledged and encouraged by the media for the good that they contribute to society. Things of this nature would make the news more relaxing to view. The greatest element of all is missing from this world... That being the LOVE!!!!!
  • by Lori Location: Eastern NC on Feb 9, 2008 at 10:39 PM
    Yes, I would love to hear about stories like this, but hey why not have them on the afternoon news too. Not everyone is up to watch the News at Sunrise. It's just like with the Iraq war, we are always here the bad and see the bad never the good. I have talked with several from the military and they will tell you about the good that is going on over there and they will also tell you that they are proud to be over there. So let's here the positive along with the negative going on in this world.
  • by Les Location: Simpson on Feb 8, 2008 at 06:15 PM
    I would love to see some positive news. I watch the news if my wife gets the remote first because 29 of 30 minutes is the same news as yesterday, tragic/criminal news and comercials. I know in people Pitt County are doing good uplifting things. Lets hear about it.
  • by Alisha Location: Ayden on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:46 AM
    I Agree 100% because boys and girls thats out here doing good in the community get no credit for nothing they do but when once one little kid gets in trouble the news is all over it and people think that all the kids in the community is bad and have nasty homes just because some bad kid was tired of the drama and he lived in the projects the whole part of NC think oh thats a bad place and how the would never live there or would they reccomend anyone else to live there but there are good kids in ayden and they get good grades they do stay in the project but they are good kids in ayden and i think they should be rcognized Thank You For Hearing what i had to say.
  • by Tyanna Location: Ayden Nc on Jan 31, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    I agree wtih this situation. Us "Young People" Go out there and work hard and some us of don't get any credit for it. But then when we do something bad there is always a big attnetion to it.
  • by Heather Location: WITN on Nov 19, 2007 at 06:47 AM
    We'd love to branch out and feature people in other places! Please email me the names of any ideas you have for a piece at heather.king@witntv.com
  • by Concerned Location: Eastern NC on Nov 18, 2007 at 05:01 PM
    I think it's great our young citizens who are working for the betterment of others are being highlighted... but why only from Greenville? Why not make make "Young Heroes" a TRUE series and run it every week featuring young citizens who make a difference from ALL of NC or, if that is too much, from ALL of Eastern NC. It appears to me that if you don't live in a 'city' you don't count.
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