Local Reporter In Hot Water Over Stebic Story

Discussion in 'Lisa Stebic' started by chicoliving, Jul 10, 2007.

  1. AZ News Watcher

    AZ News Watcher New Member

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    I think you misunderstood what I was saying, "Windchime"....

    You have only heard about Lisa Stebic (through the media)...because it was I who constructed the full media plan & helped create her website to get her name out INTO the Chicagoland market, to begin with (within 48 hours of her disappearance), the national TV viewing audience, subsequently...and marketing, ever since.
    She would have been another nameless "missing person" if the family had not immediately gotten in touch with me to start up the "Media Machine"..and she would not have gotten her name listed on "Websleuths", along with all these other fairly high-profile cases without that critical Media attention.

    You have only to read the Chicago Tribune article Lisa's family put up on Lisa's website (Recent News/Press page) to see what I am indicating.

    There is a lesson to be learned from this if any of YOU have a family member "go missing"..and suspect foul play.

    1) WITHOUT DELAY - create a website with a picture and all the pertinent information..make it COLORFUL (using only Primary, complementary colors)...give it a "memorable" name...so people remember it easily.
    2) Put out a Press Release immediately FAX'd and e-mailed to the Assignment Desks of your local TV/Radio and Print newsrooms...
    3) Hold a "Family Press Conference" complete with pictures of the missing loved one (hold them while you are talking/giving interviews)...and make copies of as many of your home movies as possible, onto DVD or CD formats to hand out to the press.
    4) Then gather as many of your most talented friends (artists, computer whiz's, idea people, hard-workers)..and start to delegate.

    5) Look to upcoming events, holidays, local traditions to "tie-in" the story of your missing loved one.
    6) Come up with a new idea every other day...and let the Press know about it.
    7) Keep it fresh....keep it touching...and, above all, be ACCESSIBLE !

    Being a both good friend of the family, a seasoned TV News professional..and having once been apart of the Martha Moxley/Michael Skakel case - Lisa's relatives knew that I would be able to make quick inroads into a very complex industry.
    Everything must be "packaged" in a certain way, loaded with visuals and laced with written, informative "hooks".
    I have been exceedingly fortunate and impressed with the overwhelming support (in terms of Community volunteerism and coordination) which has come to our campaign to Find Lisa Stebic.
    All of my marketing ideas and coordination would not have been possible without alot of legwork and sheer effort on the part of the residents of Plainfield, Il and the whole Chicagoland area.
    Their love and concern way overshadows my far-reaching campaign designs, search coordination and media-facilitation.
    But, again...without the help of an Affilliate & Network News specialist (like myself, unpaid btw) - the national or even city/state population would never have heard the name of a missing adult, like Lisa.
    An unfortunate reality of how many adults go "missing" every year..without much notice or concern by the general public.

    Now, if we could just get that one person to tell us where Lisa is...it would be worth the tremendous sacrifice on the part of thousands of giving & concerned people.
    Again, the Reward Fund is up to $64,000+....the Special Tip Hotline is: 815-267-7217, the website is www.FindLisaStebic.com
     


  2. Lola

    Lola New Member

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    Thanks so much for your insight and information AZ News Watcher. This is a very disheartening case.
     
  3. CW

    CW Former Member

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    I had a very dear family member go missing and later was only able to be identified from what little remains that were left half of her wrist. If you lived in the Chicago area back in 1994 you might of heard about the case. There was a hang up 911 call LE took almost 20 minutes when it should of been a 5 minutes. LE found her back door open they went in found her coat on the back of a kitchen chair and her purse poured out on the kitchen table. LE told us she might of become confused and wandered off. We did not by it I contacted the media but I won't go into all of that. She was a young 73 year old lady,she had qualified for HUD housing to come in and winterize her home and upgrade her electrical. Hub sub contracted M&R electric. Needless to say she did not tell us but she told her dear friend that the electrician helper gave her the creeps. A week later after the job was totally done he came back to her house and wanted to borrow $50 she told him she didn't have it she was waiting for a call from her friend because they were going out to eat after her friends daughter picked up her grandchild and she was to call Virgina to let her know she was on her way. Thomas Lee Rogers did not like the fact she told him no she was able to dial 911 and he hung up the phone in fear of being arrested again he had just gotten out of prison after serving 6 years the owner of M&R electric was Thomas Lee Rogers brother I know I'm not typing this up with periods and all that because I'm in a hurry. TLR kidnapped Virgina took her down to Gary Indiana and threw her over the overpass bridge into the center lane of I 80/94 during rush hour. I won't go into the graphic here if anyone would like more information please just pm me.
    I do understand what you are saying AZ News but I also know the local news papers and local t.v stations broadcast missing person's information but you are correct that one does have to go the national media to get their picture and information out there.
     
  4. ocean

    ocean New Member

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    AZ...it is a great thing when the power of the press can work in a possitive way. The GP wants a chance to help each other....and YES it is YOU the power of the press who allow Lisa's neighbors, friends and community to embrace Lisa and her family. I do believe that something special is happening here. With all my being I pray that after Lisa's case is no longer open this campaign will not end but blossom into a wave embracing others.....
     
  5. AZ News Watcher

    AZ News Watcher New Member

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    I think I Do remember this horrible, horrible crime, WindChime. I am so very, very sorry this poor woman was a dear family member..much loved and much missed.
    A truly cruel "animal" took her away from you...and for that I now grieve along with you, the senselessness of it all.
    Yes, the National News Media is very important...but it is the local media, the grass-roots efforts which must be the "initial seeds" of finding a missing loved one or following up on a heinous crime committed against a family member..in solving a mystery.
    That is why following my (already posted) steps are the very basic things you MUST do, right away - if something like this happens to someone you know!
    Most families can't "wrap their minds" around anything, while under such terror and fear of what could have happened to their missing loved one...and that is why it is important to invest in friends, confide in them and ask for their help - in creating a website, writing up press releases (a basic "Who, What, Where, When" & Contact information for a "Family Spokesperson"), holding a Family Press Conference, offering pictures/video & etc.
    This starts the small fist-size "snowball" which starts rolling down the small hill, to a medium-size hill, to (if you are fortunate) a much-LARGER Hill - until it becomes an avalanche in publicity, spreading the word of their being "missing".
    But it takes coordination, perseverence and strength...(along with alot of love and support from all of your friends, who will do ANYTHING to help you - if you but ask!)

    Thank you, Ocean...you, obviously, have borne "First-Person Witness" to the overwhelming response of concern, love and support to Lisa's case, in her hometown.
    Again, no idea can get an inroad...unless there are many arms and legs and hearts to carry it to its intended destination.
    I will never be able to re-pay all those who have made all these plans truly come to fruition, in hopes of someday re-uniting Lisa with her two children!
     
  6. CW

    CW Former Member

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    AZ News you truly have done a wonderful job on Find Lisa S website and getting Lisa's name and picturers in the national media.I pray for Lisa and her precious children each night in hopes that she will be found alive but I must be honest IMO I fear that Craig has murdered her when I see picturers of him and I look into his eyes they remind me of Thomas Lee Rogers eyes "evil and empty". I have followed Lisa's case since I first read about it even though I live down here in the south now I still read the local news papers.
     
  7. Mysticchic

    Mysticchic Former Member

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    I'm sorry but who cares who did what. All that matters is they find Lisa and then who did whatever to her. But the TV news shows like a good looking white woman with a nice life to jump on. That was one easy sell to me.
    Now try getting news coverage for 2 missing black kids that go missing and one of the fathers is a drug dealer.
     
  8. Mafitz

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    SeriouslySearching hit it on the head! So many experts so little time, and still no closer to finding out what happened to Lisa.

    Shame on me that I dared think Melanie Greenberg and Lisa's friends were to be credited for getting Lisa's case out to the National Media anyway.

    Anyway this case is so frustrating, but hopefully soon with the talk of grand juries and the like, it will come to a close.

    Mystic true ring that bell louder. For all of those who are missing and have no one bringing attention to them because they are poor or are cast off as socially expendable.
     
  9. twinkiesmom

    twinkiesmom New Member

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    <<And it is because of my expertise...my knowledge...and my creative, hard-driven ways of planning/organizing/writing that any of you ever got to hear the name "Lisa Stebic". >>

    I think you are underestimating how many of us A) Live in the Chicago area and heard the news directly or B) Watch daily crime news shows like Greta Van Susteren or Nancy Grace.
     
  10. chicoliving

    chicoliving Former Member

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    Chicago was stewing that Friday, overtaken by humid weather and a heat index in the 90s. But nothing was steamier on July 6, 2007, than the gossip burning up the phone lines of the city's TV journalists. The juicy chatter involved a hot tub or a pool party, perhaps sex, possibly an affair-it all depended on who was talking. One theme ran through the variations, though: "There's this in-credible video," one newsman recalls hearing, "of Craig Stebic and Amy Jacobson in his backyard." Even for a rumor, it was shocking-not least of all to Jacobson, the striking and successful NBC-5 reporter. Stebic, after all, was the estranged husband of a missing woman-a hot news story Jacobson had chased in recent weeks. Like everyone else, she heard the dirt that afternoon, too-when her phone rang as she drove home from Stebic's house. Her friend Juan Carlos Fanjul, then a Channel 9 reporter, was on the line. "Jacobson," she remembers him saying, "what were you doing today?"

    2 page article at link
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-amy-jacobson-chicago-magazine,0,7868054.story
     

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