A nine-year-old journalist covering breaking news in her local town is causing a stir amongst grown-up reporters after beating them to the town’s biggest story this week.
Hilde Kate Lysiak covers news and events in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, US, and last Saturday, was the first to cover a murder story after a tip-off about police activity near her home.
Like any good reporter, Hilde ran to the scene to take notes and film a short video, beating every other local news outlet in the area to post the scoop online.
This is Hilde’s (brief) report:
With a little help from her dad Matthew, former New York Daily News reporter, Hilde writes the stories and uploads the videos to the official Orange Street News website.
But this time it seemed she had gone too far as, instead of praising her quick-thinking and journalistic skill, other reporters and locals started abusing Hilde online.
Dad Matthew said, “Everybody loved Hilde when she began her paper, when she focused on ‘cute stories’. But as she’s started to report on more serious happenings, people have started criticising her based on her being young and being a girl.”
“Perhaps you are too young to understand the difference between decency/respect and sensationalism,” said one person, while the ex-mayor of Selinsgrove called the OSN “sensationalist trash”.
Another added, “9-year-old girls should be playing with dolls, not trying to be reporters.”
But in true kick-ass Hilde style, she decided to make a new video, naming and shaming her critics and giving them a piece of her mind.
“When people say I can’t because I’m a girl, it makes me angry. It makes me angry to think that people think just because I am 9, I can’t do good work.”
“I know some of you just want me to sit down and be quiet. but if you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computer and do something and the news.”
You tell ’em, Hilde! We’re subscribing to Orange Street News right now.