On Hard Stories, Traditional Journalism Prevails

November 10, 2011
 

By Melissa
A few months ago, the storage community lost a technological genius who took his own life. Many industry colleagues and friends of ReiJane Huai, FalconStor Software's former CEO and founder, gathered online and offline to mourn their loss and share stories and experiences of working with Huai. However, there was one story by veteran Editor Joe Kovar at CRN that will always stand out in many of our minds -- and hearts.
Unfortunately, not all the coverage of Huai's death was as informed. Huai's life at FalconStor technically ended a year before he ended his own life at his Long Island home in September 2011. He resigned in September 2010 while under pressure for alleged insider trading.
Beyond all the speculation and rumors, CRN's Kovar focused on Huai's accomplishments, without detailing the negative news that preceded his death. Not only was he the first reporter to contact us about the news (as per usual), but without any direction or much comment from us, Kovar took his time and wrote a thoughtful, well-stated and fully researched, story about Huai's legacy in the backup market. The article reported the facts with quotes from resellers and former colleagues who had worked with Huai in the past, confirming how he changed the storage industry.
The state of the journalism industry has obviously changed through the evolution of receiving information in real time. News received via a Tweet is not always nuanced or fair. This story, which delved far deeper than one could in 140 characters, showed how true that really is.
Sidenote: I helped manage Huai's public relations program for two years while he was the CEO and president at FalconStor Software. My colleagues and I spoke with him every Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. to discuss company successes, market trends, key priorities and upcoming news for the company and its products. Like many of his former colleagues who have written blogs since Huai's death, I can wholeheartedly say that how he pushed and challenged us to strive to do our best will never be forgotten. Thank you, Rei.

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