Reporting for the Other Side
by Tina Powers
News Anchor and Reporter, Tina Powers, is standing at the scene where a thirteen Year-old boy has been shot and killed. Tina, her
cameraman, and the police are the first people to arrive at the crime scene. The parents of the boy have yet to arrive. Do they know that
their young son is dead? This is just another tragedy that Tina stands to bear witness in the name of her job to the many nameless faces
as the camera starts to roll.
For Tina, this day feels different. As she witnesses the father's arrival, the shame and horror of this senseless tragedy hits her in the face. Has this man been told that his son is dead? Does he know that in a crime scene, you can't touch your child and hold him one last time?
In the name of reporting, Tina is expected to capture the father's reaction and ask him how he feels. This moment would be the breaking of a fissure that Tina has followed most of her life and yet denied. Her journey begins when she realizes she needs to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Her journey from standing on the brink of tragedy, loss and grief, takes a severe turn when she begins honoring the seemingly senseless voices inside her head that she's been hearing since childhood, yet denied and ignored. Tina realizes that these voices are sent to be of comfort to the family members in deep despair and to offer hope and peace in their most private intimate moments. But does Tina really have the courage to begin Reporting for the Other Side?
- Tina Powers, December 2010
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