Saturday, October 24, 2009

Message to the Englewood reporter

I sent this e-mail on Wednesday to Giovanna Fabiano, the reporter assigned to cover Englewood, which, like Hackensack and Teaneck, is one of the most diverse in Bergen County. Those three once were considered core towns for coverage by The Record.

"I didn't see any mention of Cleveland School being segregated in your story today. In fact, I don't think you've written any stories about what is being done, if anything, about easing segregation in the elementary and middle schools in Englewood.

"Your predecessor and her predecessor on the Englewood beat did a lot of stories about the high school desegregation effort, but nothing about the lower grades. If you pride yourself on being a reporter, you won't neglect this any further.

"But I guess you are finding it hard to cover the city, which probably explains why a dozen days have gone by on at least two occasions without a story about Englewood in the paper. I guess you haven't been caught in the daily downtown traffic jams, because the city hasn't put in turn lanes at Dean and Palisade. I guess you can't hear the gunshots from the open-air police firing range from wherever you are doing your phone stories, either, but residents of Englewood are awakened by them and it has an impact on their quality of life.

What a cushy job you have.

Victor Sasson

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