Wednesday, August 27, 2014
To the Editor:
The manner in which Mr. Kevin Jayroe’s arrest was reported in the Aug. 22 edition of the Georgetown Times appears to exploit both his surname and his membership on the ARB.
Instead of being reported in the Police Blotter section of the newspaper, Mr. Jayroe’s arrest was the subject of a separate article.
As a result, he was denied the anonymity granted to those whose arrests or offenses are reported in the Police Blotter.
In addition, Mr. Jayroe’s mugshot was included with the article detailing his arrest.
One must ask, “To what end?” Did the mugshot contribute in any meaningful way to the article?
Although the article’s title – ARB Member arrested by SCHP – is factually correct, it implies that Mr. Jayroe’s arrest was somehow related to his duties as a member of the Architectural Review Board (ARB).
This is not the case. In fact, does it matter that Mr. Jayroe is a member of the ARB? He is not an elected official; he is a volunteer. If he were in Rotary, would the article’s title have been, Rotarian arrested by SCHP?
Although Mr. Jayroe’s alleged conduct is not to be condoned, neither should the manner in which the Georgetown Times reported on it.
It appears that Mr. Jayroe may have been singled out not for his alleged offense but because of who he is.
Most readers want their newspaper to be accurate and fair. This may seem an antiquated notion given today’s media environment, but it is the ideal for which we should strive, especially in a hometown newspaper.
The Georgetown Times may have been accurate in its reporting but lacking in fairness.