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PROSKIW: Happy stories aren't just for readers

June 13, 2014 - 6:51 AM

Reporting news can be soul crushing at times. While readers have the luxury of choosing what information they expose themselves to, it’s the job of a reporter to cover as much news as possible. And often those stories hit very close to home.

It could be something as small as a theft reminding me my own property was recently targeted or a child molestation case that forces you to think how your own kids’ lives can be forever changed by the actions of another.

Running from one devastating fire or tragedy to the next or taking notes during a court case that tears a family apart before your eyes, would be unbearable if it weren’t for the flip side of the coin.

Sometimes called a fluff piece, these light stories are not just for the reader, they are for us as well.

Recently, a Kelowna man had his scooter stolen. It was parked in his yard and was his only means of getting around town. A couple weeks ago thieves cut through his fence and took it. Did I mention he was a double amputee?

Stories like this are newsworthy as they shed light on a member of the community’s suffering, but when you write them over and over again, it’s easy to become cynical and jaded.

While this may not constitute a tragedy, it is certainly difficult not to identify with how the man must be feeling. 

But then you see the other side of humanity. The side that causes a perfect stranger to drive far out of their way just to help out. This was the case with the stolen scooter. A man from a different city read about the theft and donated a replacement simply out of the goodness of his heart.

Keep it up kind strangers. Reporters need these stories. We all need these stories. 

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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