All Stories Start at the Local Level
Local Reporters Remain in the Area After the Internet Interest Shifts Elsewhere
Suburban Journal’s Steve Pokin, at the Heart of the Megan Meier/Lori Drew StoriesÂ
The Internet is a big place and stretches over the world.
It ties together people from America with those in England, France, China, Japan, Australia: in short, every nation on earth.
Although the big stories on the Internet often happen in New York, LA, Hollywood, London and other big cities, sometimes they originate in much smaller locales.
And they almost always start with a single individual who hears or sees something and tells someone else. Sometimes, that single individual is a reporter where that ‘something’ happened.
That’s apparent after reading the latest from Steve Pokin, the journalist who reported the original Megan Meier story for the St. Charles Suburban Journal.
The Megan Meier story, her online harassment by “Josh”, a fake boy created in the household of Meier’s neighbor, Lori Drew and the subsequent uproar and outrage, swept over the nation a few days after the story appeared on November 11, 2007.
On November 18, a blog appeared with the name “Megan Had it Coming”.
The blog’s author claimed first to be “Kristen”, then on December 3, the author published a post entitled “I’m Lori Drew”.
For most of those who read and reacted to the Megan Meier story, this was a story with more twists and turns than a best-selling novel or TV movie. It inspired countless posts on countless blogs across the Internet, and in some cases, calls for justice for Megan Meier.
Particularly, readers of those blogs responded with an outpouring of comments, most of which were of the outraged variety.
For Steve Pokin, the saga of Megan Meier’s MySpace Suicide and the subsequent happenings is different one: a local story. It happened to local people in a place with which he is familiar.
“Megan Meier–it’s a local story for us,” commented Pokin.
The people affected were local people. The businesses contacted were local businesses.
This is Steve Pokin’s latest article, dated December 8, 2007.
“I’m Lori Drew” is the introduction to a Dec. 3 posting on the inflammatory blog “Megan Had It Coming.”
The blog’s creation Nov. 18 was a painful and sad moment in a story with enough pain and sorrow for a lifetime.
Megan Meier, a 13-year-old who lived in Dardenne Prairie, took her life in October 2006 not knowing that Josh Evans, the 16-year-old boy who was mean to her on MySpace, was not real. Instead, he was created as part of a hoax played out by neighbors down the street and an 18-year-old girl.And now the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, with its highly regarded computer forensics department, will try to find out who stooped so low.
“The matter is under investigation,” Lt. Craig McGuire said. “Where that is going to lead us, we don’t know.”
Will it lead to Lori Drew? The real Lori Drew? The one in Dardenne Prairie?
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