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    Feature
Tall teacher tells terrifying tales of tabloids*,^
The Clackamas Print
Wednesday, January 29,1997
Christina Mueller
Christina
Co-Feature Editor
“Elvis Found Alive and Well
in South America.” If you have
been in a grocery store checkout
line lately, this probably sounds
all too familiar.
Tabloids have been getting
quite a bit of their own publicity in
television and newspaper head­
lines.
Murder victim JonBenet
Ramsey, 6, was exploited through­
out the media. Now it is the Cosby
family’s turn.
It is a tough decision for tab­
loid editors or whether to spend
thousands on information about
Ennis Cosby’s murder or to use
the money to help find the crimi­
nal that murdered him.
So who is behind the pages
of 77ie Enquirer, Star, Globe and
many others?
Eric Faucher, an Alternative
Programs Instructor at Clackamas,
has the inside scoop on tabloid
journalism. Faucher worked for
the National Enquirer for over
two years.
In 1977, in a therapy group,
Faucher met a stringer for the Na­
tional Enquirer.
“He said, ‘Give me your
name, and I’ll tell my editor down
at the Enquirer that you’re inter­
ested in working for us,”’ Faucher
explains. “A week later I got a
phone call.”. j
From there he went on his first
assignment.
Sitting in the lobby of the
Sheraton Universal Hotel looking
for Telly Savalas, Faucher
thought, “This is my one chance
at glory.”
After sitting in the lobby for three
days with still no sign of Savalas,
Faucher called his editor and went
home. A few weeks later he received
a check in the mail for $450.
A few months passed before he
got another call. They asked him
to come to Florida for a four-week
tryout. He was promised that if he
did well, the Enquirer would hire
him as a staff reporter. Starting
wage at the Enquirer in 1978 was
$38,500 per year.
“I had no formal training in
writing at all,” Faucher explains.
Faucher started out easy, dig­
ging up information on health
stores. But the worst was yet to
come.
“They expect you to do ‘door
stepping,”’ he says.
“Door stepping” is the pro­
cess of walking up to a celebrity’s
door, introducing yourself and
hoping they will talk to you.
Faucher says most often he was
thrown off the property by body­
guards.
Over time Faucher learned all
the “affirmation tricks,” such as
getting the subject to agree to a
statement and then turning the
statement into a direct quote.
“You get pretty skilled at ma­
neuvering people,” he says.
When breaking news was
scarce, The Enquirer would send
Faucher to a city for two or three
days (nowhere in particular). His
job was to find story leads.
During one of these trips “I
got to be the Donny and Marie
Osmond reporter,” he says.
Faucher was in Provo, Utah
looking for information on UFO’s
when he signed up for a tour of
the Osmond home. Their father
died of a heart attack, and Faucher
covered the story.
Faucher claims he was in the
Enquirer office for no more than
one week out of every month.
During the other three weeks he
was traveling.
“I felt like I was in a cross be­
tween the newspaper and the
Debra Beers’
art exhibit
debuted at
the Pauling
Gallery on
Jan. 22.
Beers is an
instructor in
the Art
Department.
Her exhibit
will run
through
Feb. 5.
photo by Karin Redston
Val-A-Grams back on Campus
“The fault will be in the mu­
sic, cousin, if you be not
wooed in good time.” —Wil­
liam Shakespeare
Give the gift of song to
that special someone this
Valentine’s Day with a
Clackamas Chamber Singers’
musical Val-A-Gram. Tal­
ented student singers will
serenade your love as a spe­
cial Valentine surprise. Hire
soloists, duets, trios, quar­
tets, etc. from Feb. 13 tol5;
all proceeds go toward B
fundraising for the Chamber ■
Singers. Orders need to be "
placed as soon as possible
so singers can prepare.
Call Lonnie Cline at ext.
2342 for ordering information
or more details.
Honor your favorite guy
or gal in a unique way this
year.
The Music De-
partment thanks you for
supporting its world-class
choir program!
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photo by Jon Roberts
Eric Faucher, former tabloid reporter, shares
his experiences with journalism students.
mafia,” Faucher says “Their ideal
candidate [for an Enquirer re­
porter] was a law student.”
According to Faucher, law stu­
dents would know how to put to­
gether a story because they write
legal cases every day, which are
mUch like tabloid stories.
Although we may think tab­
loids are trash, Faucher said, “I
made nothing up.”
All of the major tabloids are
based in Florida -- they often call it
“Tabloid Alley”— so it was easy for
Faucher to work for many differ­
ent tabloids. After his time at the
Enquirer, he was a freelance writer
for the Enquirer, Globe and Star.
The average pay for a
freelance article was around
$1400. By writing up to six articles
a week, Faucher was able to live
well on his paychecks.
When asked, Faucher admit­
ted, “I miss the* wildness of it,”
but said he would never do it
again.
“If you’re into money and a
walk on the wild side, journalisti­
cally, you might want to consider
the tabloids. I would encourage
anybody to try it for a year or so.
You would have a blast, but it’s
not where you want to end up,”
Faucher said.
No mystery to Authors’ Night guests
The ever so popular Authors’
Night series resumes Feb. 12 when
three popular Northwest novelists
come to campus to discuss mys­
tery and crime literature.
Mary Daheim, who writes in
the American Cozy sub-genre, is
one of the well-read mystery novel­
ists in the country. She has pub-
lished many novels in her Bed and
Breakfast Mysteries series, which
features Judith McMonigle-Glynn,
a proprietor of Hillside Manor and
part-time sleuth.
Her new series of novels, The
Alpine Mysteries, features Emma
Lord, who is the editor of the Al­
pine Advocate and a solver of
crimes in a Northwest town full of
quirky characters and dangerous
situations,
Joining Daheim will be G.M.
Ford, whose novel, Who the Hell
is Wanda Fuca?, has sold well
across the country. The book in­
troduces us to Leo Waterman, a
rumpled, rain-soaked, hard-
boiled-but-soft-hearted Seattle
detective with a rebellious streak
left over from the 60s. This fast-
paced and funny novel centers on
an environmental activist who
gets dragged into environmental
sabotage.
The third writer on the panel
is Cherry Hartman, a licensed clini­
cal social worker who has written
self-therapy books in the past, but
only recently broke into the mys­
tery genre. The protagonist of her
first detective novel, The Well-
Heeled Murders, is Morgan
McRain, also a clinical social worker
who moonlights as a private inves­
tigator.
Hartman also is the author of
Be Good To Yourself Therapy and
More Be Good To Yourself Therapy,
and she cowrote The Fearless
Flyer: How to Fly in Comfort and
Without Trepidation.
Authors’ Nights, held once
each term, begins at 7 p.m., Feb 12,
in the Gregory Forum. The event is
free and open to the public. How­
ever, a $2 donation to the Friends
of the Library will be accepted.