Collingwood - Wasaga Beach Connection Newspapers

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To-day, I get my copy of The Wasaga Beach Connection and guess what's in it? Finally the article on Jesse. I went to their website but as far as I can tell there is no access to the article.

Also I have some concerns. Shouldn't the reporter have shown me a finished copy of the article before she had it published? Was it my responsibility to follow-up?

The article is entitled Parent Warns of Danger of Peanuts.

I had originally submitted my Living with a Peanut Allergy article asking them to publish that. They, instead, chose a reporter to "do" the story, and I'm sorry, I think I did it better.

However, she does mention [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com"]www.peanutallergy.com[/url] right at the end of her article. This disturbs me because she did so without asking me if it was okay and you know how prevalent I am here and how outspoken I am about the community I live in.

I don't know, I'm upset, not clear about all of the reasons why I'm upset, but I am. I know I have to follow-up with the reporter. I just don't feel it was a strong enough article or very well researched aside from what she had read from what I had written.

Jesse is shown and he is holding up a poster that is from Arlene's website, so kudos to Arlene also.

Is any information better than nothing? I did e-mail to see if there was some way for us to reach it on-line, noting that I would then be able to spread the article across Canada and the U.S. (always great incentive). I'll, of course, be back in to provide the link if they do have one.

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

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On Mar 12, 2001

Cindy, having been in charge of Marketing Communications many years ago I can tell you it's SOP (standard operating procedure) to interview, verify, write and publish. Never in my years did I have a reporter run a story by me prior to publishing. Whatever I said was quoted verbatim without anyone asking me if it was okay. This is the danger of the press. It also has to do with their deadlines and the need to get to press. I'm sorry if you feel uncomfortable with how your story was portrayed or mentioning this web site there, but it's also a lesson for all of us to be aware of.

Don't be cagey about what you need to discuss with a reporter, be candid, honest and fair - but be careful about divulging too much information - you never know what's going to be printed.

I for one believe you had the greatest of intentions and nobody could fault you for that.

On Mar 12, 2001

Philip's Mom, thank-you. I re-read the article and actually it is okay. I'm still hoping to be able to get a link for it. I had actually mentioned the PA site to the woman for her to use if she wanted more information, which could, of course, be interpreted that if ANYONE wanted more information to come here. That's actually okay because I'm really unclear about how many people will actually do that and I'll know in short time who has! LOL!

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

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On Mar 12, 2001

I actually had a brain wave and I'm not clear if this is something that is possible or not. The newspaper that Jesse's article was in does have a website link. It's [url="http://www.simcoe.com"]www.simcoe.com[/url] I had e-mailed them earlier to see if they could provide me with a link to Jesse's article in particular. The article is entitled Parent Warns of Peanut Danger. I'm wondering if anyone who is interested in reading this article e-mailed them from their website, if they got enough e-mails, especially from the U.S. and from other parts of Canada, then they might put his article up with the other two that go with the newspaper his article is in.

So, please, anyone that would like to read the article about Jesse, if you could just e-mail them right from this site, using the link above, and ask them to provide a link to Parent Warns of Peanut Danger, I might be able to get it on-line.

I would be eternally grateful. Seriously. Otherwise, I have to type the whole bloody thing out and e-mail it to everyone I want to see it! Please?

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

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On Mar 13, 2001

Hello Cindy and contratulations on the article.

I've always been concerned about your safety because of this website, what with the way you use your full name, the name of your children and their friends. If your concerned about outsiders reading the article and then picking you out from your posts here, I strongly suggest you change your username. You can put it in the Off Topic section, maybe.

Good luck and thank you again.

On Mar 13, 2001

L&Mjoe, thank-you for your heartfelt concern. I was VERY new to the internet when I found this site and didn't even realize what a mistake I was making when I used my full name rather than an alias UserName. Now, actually, you have me a bit concerned. I've been concerned certainly about people reading my posts but I have never felt that I was in any type of danger. Wow. Now I am actually quite concerned.

The whole thing is though, if I do change my UserName, everyone knows my style of writing that is familiar with the board, whether they post or not, so I'm not clear that that will even help at this time.

This will be foremost on my mind when I whirl around in bed tonight.

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

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On Mar 13, 2001

Correct me if I'm wrong, but even if you change you User Name, all your previous posts remain under your former User Name, don't they? I'm not sure how this works.

Cindy - I'll fire off an email tonight, I wanna get my hands on that article!

On Mar 13, 2001

Cindy I emailed them I'll let you know when I receive a reply Kim

On Mar 13, 2001

Cayley's Mom, that's the thing. I don't think Chris would be willing to go through 2100+ posts to change it.

Thank-you both Cayley's Mom and KIM I for e-mailing. I really appreciate it. I don't know if it's something that can even be accomplished. I e-mailed them again to-day. I was actually thinking about saying something about how this was a tourist area and how this would be beneficial to them also if people were able to see what Collingwood and Wasaga Beach have to offer! That's what I'll do if I e-mail tomorrow.

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

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On Mar 13, 2001

Hello, this is Chris from PeanutAllergy.Com

I just wanted to let you know that I emailed the editor and asked for a permanent link to the article which we could link to (like we have done with other articles such as our daughter on the home page). I wrote that they could call me if they wanted to etc.

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[email]"Chris@PeanutAllergy.Com"[/email]

On Mar 13, 2001

Chris, thank-you SO much! This is greatly appreciated. I appreciate all of the people posting and reading here that took the time to do so, but I know how extremely busy you are and for you to take the time to do this is just wonderful.

Also, it might carry a lot more weight coming from you, as [url="http://www.peanutallergy.com"]www.peanutallergy.com[/url] was mentioned in the article. Did you suggest that you might like to vacation in our lovely tourist area this summer? LOL!

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

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[This message has been edited by Cindy Spowart Cook (edited March 13, 2001).]

On Mar 16, 2001

I would like to thank everyone who e-mailed the Collingwood Wasaga Beach Connection in hope of getting Jesse's article on-line. The new edition of the paper came out to-day, so it's looks like a "no go" despite all of our efforts.

I really want to thank everyone though who did take the time to try to make this happen.

In the mean-time, I will probably re-type the article and have it as a Word attachment. I am also planning to have the article photocopied.

Even my attempts at hoarding hard copies of the newspaper have failed. I only have 2.

If anyone is interested in seeing the article, please e-mail me and when I get it photocopied or typed out, I would be willing to send you a copy of it. Please, if you can, let me know which you would prefer.

It's not as if the article was as spectacular as Rachel's Story (posted by Rilira), but it was my little guy. I did have to tell him how very proud I was of him and his decision to have his picture taken for increase awareness re PA. He understood what a positive thing he had done and I think that is great!

Again, many thanks to everyone. You do not know how much your attempts mean to me.

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

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