Belleville Intelligencer Newspaper Article Re PA & Jesse

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Here's the link to the article re PA and Jesse that we were interviewed for on Monday. Of course, I am somewhat disappointed (for various reasons), but at least it's starting a process of education for people in our community, which I think is great.

If you get a chance, please check it out and let me know what you think.

[url="http://www.intelligencer.ca/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=3980&catname=Local+Lifestyles"]http://www.intelligencer.ca/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=3980&catname=Local+Lifestyles[/url]

Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 29, 2002

Nice article Cindy. At the very least, it will educate others of the obstacles we are faced with to keep our children safe. Thanks for spreading the word [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] B

On Aug 29, 2002

Cindy, Seems like a good article. Why were you disappointed?

Something silly--you know how you can read something fast and read it incorrectly? I kept seeing "Quinte Anaphylaxis Association" and I kept reading it as "Quite Anxious Association." Good name for a food allergy group, huh?

On Aug 29, 2002

Good Article. Great to get exposure on Peanut Allergy.

On Aug 29, 2002

Bravo! No disappointment here. I think it was a great article.

Congratulations Cindy! Gail

On Aug 29, 2002

You all do know that anyone can have an article written re their family dealing with PA or food allergies, don't you? You approach your local newspaper, usually the life section editor and ask them if they're interested. That's the only reason I've gotten articles in the two local newspapers where we've lived. Seriously, anyone can do what I did!

DH was funny tonight. He had gotten the newspaper at work but was disappointed that he was only mentioned once. Thought it would give people the impression that he wasn't around, that I was now a single Mom and he wasn't in the picture. Had to explain to a 43 year old man that I did use the word *we* often when answering a whole ton of questions the reporter asked me, but obviously, she printed what she wanted to print out of our extensive interview and the word *we* wasn't in there! LOL!

I thought it was good for back-to-school and that's really how I approached the reporter/editor. Seriously, anyone can do it, as long as you feel comfortable having your names mentioned. Then, it's also up to you and your child if you feel comfortable with their picture being in the paper. I knwo that for a lot of people this isn't something that they would do or feel comfortable doing and who knows, maybe one day I'll be one of them.

Many thanks for the input and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 30, 2002

I've never thought about doing that! I guess now that you say it, it does seem pretty obvious. Thanks for suggesting it!

Gail

On Sep 2, 2002

Gail W., I can't even remember exactly why I thought about doing the first article in Stayner. I believe it was because the newspaper was quite small and there was a section where you could that advertised the person to contact if you had a story idea. Also, we used the same contact at the end of the school year to print our thank-you letter to parents in the little newspaper.

Again, it is a comfort zone thing. When DH and I had difficulties at the beginning of the summer with Jesse not being able to attend the educational program day camp because of his PA, we were going to contact the newspaper about it because they are a well known program here. However, after meeting with them and seeing how willing they were to work with me to enable Jesse to attend in the Fall, we didn't contact the paper. But DH had contacted them when we originally had difficulties dealing with different people on the phone before the meeting and whoever he spoke with said that she would be very interested in doing an article.

So, then, recognizing that Jesse had been the only PA child at his previous school and that he had just been denied access to an educational program, we were the first people to approach them in 22 years with a PA child, I thought, hmm. I thought an article for back-to-school would be timely and honestly, helpful. Jesse is okay right now about being in the newspaper and having his picture taken. That's also a very important part of our decision.

But yes, you can do it too! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Sep 8, 2002

At least the newspapers you talked you wrote and printed an article! I have talked to three newspapers, one wrote the article but never has printed. They won't talk to me either. I was very nice when I talked to them and even gave them places to get more information. Go figure!

On Sep 8, 2002

Connielynn, how disappointing for you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Do you live in a large city where the newspaper might have a lot of stuff to print? The previous town we lived in only had 4,500 people max and the town/city we're in now has 45,000 so we're dealing with a small town newspaper in each case.

The topic certainly is newsworthy in these papers, especially when they report about laundry being stolen from clotheslines etc. in the papers here.

I'm just wondering if there is a method to their madness, i.e., a large paper with a lot of stuff to print that would help explain why you haven't been able to get anything in print where you live.

I have been very fortunate though.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Sep 8, 2002

Great job Cindy!

Guess what? I e-mailed the health and lifestyle editor of our local paper about a month ago and she just e-mailed me last night for an interview and she is writing an article on what it is like to live with a peanut allergy.

I am thinking about inviting her to attend a meeting I am holding with the a large group of elementary school teachers Thursday. I will have handouts and will have to tell my own little horror story about a near death experience as well. I thought it might give her even more ideas on the school issues involved as well. What do you guys think? Let me know any thoughts and ideas you may have.

Stay safe!

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On Sep 8, 2002

pamom, excellent! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I think you've fairly well got it covered by having the person attend the meeting and also discuss school issues. What I found the newspaper did here was provide local links (so unfortunately not PA.com [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ) that people could access as well for more information. You might want to provide some links and see if they're used or not.

Oh, the one thing I could suggest is that you ask if they could make the article website linkable. Usually the life section of our newspaper isn't linkable, you only get the top news stories by visiting the newspaper website, but I specifically asked if the article could be made linkable. The reporter/editor checked with the webmaster who said it was no problem and that's how I was able to get the article more out there. I also kinda sold the idea by saying that although people would be clicking on the article, they would also be visiting the newspaper's website and could learn more about our town/city (I don't know if many people actually did that or not), but I made it appear positive for the newspaper/town as well (which, to a degree, I think it probably was).

Please let us know when the article is available, and if on-line so we can all read it! I am very pleased for you.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Sep 9, 2002

Hi Cindy! I live in very rural area so I don't think that is the problem. The one paper I talked to is in a 'city' of 8000. I even had a interview of sorts with a reporter. Talked to her on the phone and in person. She was writing the article then nothing. I talked to a larger newspaper and a small weekly. Nothing. They are not intersted.

On Sep 10, 2002

Connielynn, is your child the only PA child at his/her school? I'm wondering if the paper doesn't think there would be that much interest in an article re food allergies or PA because there isn't the food allergic population. I know that this is NOT true because Jesse was the only PA child in his school in Stayner (population 4,500). We did end up with three more children in the school before we moved to Belleville. And the thing is, people are always wanting to learn about different things, including food allergies, and if you're in a rural area, you tend to read the newspaper that is published locally.

What does the current Life section of your newspaper consist of? I know ours here has a section on fishing and another one on hunting. But the week before the PA article there was also an article about homeschooling.

Now you've got my interest really peaked. I would love to e-mail the newspaper you've contacted and ask them the same question - can you print an article re PA. It may be that the person who interviewed you doesn't think that there is an audience for the article, but I believe that's simply not true.

And it's not like they would be having big news days daily so why not allow some space in the paper for education? Actually now I'm getting kinda riled up so I'm going to close.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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