Penn International Drag Reel

Posted in Penn Fishing Gear by Penn Fishing Gear on March 29, 2012

Penn International Drag Reel

After A Long Career In Television And Radio News, He Moved To State College To Rejoin The Penn State Community, Where He Earned His Journalism Degree In 1959.

Lou Prato's been around big news stories all of his life and he is around one now the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal at Penn State.

After a long career in Television and radio stories, he moved to State College to rejoin the Penn State community, where he earned his journalism degree in 1959. After writing The Penn State Soccer Encyclopedia, he became the first director of the Penn State All-Sports Museum. Now retired from the college, he still writes about Penn State sports.

Prato's media career includes working and leading TV and radio newsrooms in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago and Dayton, Ohio, as well as work with the Associated Press. His academic credentials include 12 years as head of Northwestern University's broadcast graduate programme in Washington. For a while he was a hack and contributing writer for the North American Journalism Review.

Many news directors know him for his more than 35-year stint on the board of the Radio-Television News Directors Organisation (now the Radio TV Digital Stories Organisation), including 22 years as its treasurer.

He is shaken by the scandal, but he also believes that the press has unfairly darkened the whole institution with their "rush to judgment, the supposition, the innuendo, the ridiculous commentary based basically on a grand jury report that is still to be proven in the court of law."

Never one to mince his words, he talked about his feelings with Contributing Editor P.J. Bednarski in a series of emails, excerpted below.

I know the horrid things are purported to have happened with those youngsters sicken you. But My opinion is that on a journalistic level, you are confounded by a number of the coverage.

Concern about the coverage is nothing in relation to the simple concern all Penn Staters have for the sufferers of kid abuse and their youngsters, and I mean that sincerely.

But the way most of the media has continued to portray Penn State, the people who work and live here, the students and faculty, the university's soccer team and even our alumni base, one might get it this whole area is inhabited by a horde of vicious, heartless kid sex abusers. One cable TV talk show host called the Second Mile "a molestation farm." Come on!

Now the various insincere, self-serving, second-guessing critics in the media and the easily fooled, blood-thirsty public they incite and influence have made Penn State symbological of all that is bad in the North American culture that is till the media moves on to another shark fest, leaving in its wake an entire life taint of Penn Confirm that will never go no matter what the ultimate truth might be.

I am worn out arguing, discussing and pondering everything that has happened to Penn State, to me, my family and lots of my friends in the last few weeks, and it is tough to believe everything reported so far by the grand jury. Additionally, it is even more tricky to believe Joe Paterno was so morally deficient as his millions of baying knockers in the media and outside it proclaim. It is so out of keeping with character of the man.

As for [Athletic Director] Tim Curley, I have met many liars in my life particularly in academia and I cannot believe Tim is a liar and morally deficient. OK, I understand. I and hundreds, or maybe even thousands, of others were duped by Sandusky. So , as to Joe and Tim, we shall see, won't we?

So , after all these years, this has taught you something new about the media?

I'll never watch, listen to, and read the news or watch or listen to talk shows as I had before.

You know what wounds me the most, besides what might have happened to those boys? I was once a part of the media, a journalism graduate who was taught not only to be fair, balanced and objective, but to be sensitive of others, to get each side of the story, never to assume, and to not interject my personal or political principles into any story.

I was also instructed how to be careful of the personal agendas of sources as well as my personal, to be cautious of whom to trust, to be doubtful but pragmatic, to fight the enticement to be first without first assuring you have it right, and to never report a rumor simply because you may believe it to be true . My, how idealistic and old-fashioned.

Perhaps you don't see it being so close up and personal to this story, but this is what a large amount of folk would say media do with stories like these all of the time.

Look, there were times in my career I did not meet my very own exacting standards. That bothers me to this day. But I didn't expect journalism to fall to this level of irresponsibility and shameful, evil depth that it has in the last 20 years. I'm sure there are countless thousands still working in the newsrooms of this country who share my view.

There's been good reporting on the nation's level, but I'm ashamed, embarrassed and I'm annoyed at how a large crew of the media has reported and analyzed this story with such a pile-on mind-set. The haste to judgment, the supposition, the innuendo, the ridiculous commentary based primarily on a grand jury report that is still to be proven in the court of law. It has already ruined the stature of many people as well as Penn State College and the whole State University area community.

It's abhorrent to me that a giant slice of the media and the general public has already made up its mind without waiting for all of the facts to come out thru the court process that Joe Paterno is the ultimate villain here for what he probably did or did not do not Jerry Sandusky and that Penn State and any person even tangentially connected with Penn State is answerable for what happened. The feedback is vicious and most of all, so self-righteous. Not just the scurrilous websites, where you might expect it, but so-called "legitimate media" websites also. If you would like more examples, read and see them on the Internet yourself.

Well, you worked for the athletic program. Didn't you hear anything?

For the record, the first I heard of Sandusky's claimed and I continue utilizing that word as I was first given training to do in journalism school kid abuse was in mid-June of 2009 when I was volunteering for the once a year fund-raising 2nd Mile golfing contest. I didn't know Jerry well, but I had been around him at golfing competitions and I had interviewed him a couple of times.

I was more mystified than surprised. I can remember. I announced, "Jerry??? You have got to be kidding!" I knew nothing of what was then the 2 reported events in 1998 and 2002, and like others I was shocked by the 23-page report to the grand jury. It's sickening and hard to read but I did.

I know you believe some local reporters did some good solid reporting on this. But why failed to this story come out sooner?

There are three journalists who were on it. Sara Ganim, once the crime reporter for the Centre Daily Times, who broke the first public stories of the investigation after she had continued on to the Harrisburg Patriot-News ; Gary Sinderson, a vet "one man band" reporter-photographer for WJAC in Johnstown, who knows the Pennsylvania court system and this community inside out ; and Pat Boland, the reporter-newsman for the local dual-ownership State Varsity radio stations WRSC and ESPNRadio1450. He helped Ganim in her first job fresh out of Penn Country's journalism programme in May 2008. You do not hear much about Pat as he keeled over from brain cancer at the age of 42 in early July but he was deep into the tale.

Ganim is like a reversion to the journalism of my youth, and based mostly on what I have observed, she appears to have more judgment and street smarts than many of her older, more experienced media peers in Pennsylvania and nationally. She is just twenty-four and must be moderately overwhelmed with a story like this. I just hope that she does not slip into the sloppiness that commonly infects other young journalists who are overtaken by their ego when they find themselves on top of a giant nationwide story.

On this Sandusky story, I call Ganim, Sinderson and Boland "The 3 Musketeers." They did not share all of their info, but like many reporters some place else they frequently cooperated on their research. It's no surprise that Ganim has been the front runner in informing the general public of this story. Paper journalists and many Television hacks, particularly in the major markets, can do that. Sinderson and Boland were hampered by the medium they were in, the range of needs dictated by their particular roles mixed with the necessity to get folks to chat in public online, disguising their faces or voices if necessary. That limits plenty of things.

Sinderson is my kind of old-time correspondent, and he's not your average cameraman or videographer. It was Sinderson who first discovered the grand jury's report was posted on the Internet that ill-fated Friday, Nov. 4 placed there one day too early by mistake and then he posted it on his station's website, and then he shocked Ganim with the news report.

But these reporters must have known a lot was going on long before November.

Outsiders have was critical of the local media and regional media for not uncovering more of Sandusky's alleged grave misdemeanours ; of not informing the general public sooner than this past spring of the investigation ; and, most egregious of all, of not reporting the unproven rumors that were swirling round the community.

Yet, check it out. Ganim's first Patriot-News story of the inquiry was on March 31. It barely made a ripple even in Harrisburg and State Varsity. Check out Ganim's initial story that can still be found on the Internet. There were just 6 comments from Web readers at the time 2 of them doubtful. Now, folks have gone back to read it and there are a load more comments now. But Ganim has expounded in public she was shocked by all that absence of interest,writes

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