Although I’ve had a few short pieces on the most recent Jackson River access controversy here on the blog, my first Roanoke Times piece came out just today.
As I worked on it I used the working headline “Murky waters” and that headline stayed. (It’s fairly rare that a writer’s suggested “hed” stays on a story.)
As I did my reporting the one thing that seems a sure thing about this case was this: It isn’t easy.
Now, the folks on both sides of this case feel strongly about their position. But both sides have compelling arguments.
So, the stage seems set for a long, fascinating (at least from a legal and journalistic perspective) road ahead here. For what it’s worth, the Kraft v. Burr case stretched over about four years.
Because I plan (and hope) to be covering this as a news story, I’m staying out of the opinion game. Well, I’ll offer one opinion: The Jackson River is a great wild trout river, so it’s no wonder it’s generated access fights.
My goal for this is to cover the story objectively, and to avoid being sued while on the river for “research”!
That said, who is willing to offer thoughts on how this case might turn out?