Carolyn Wyman got a few facts very wrong in a story in her first job in journalism. She talked about those mistakes with her dad, James Wyman, who was then the editor at The Providence (Rhode Island) Journal.
“I was pretty upset about it, but he was more measured,” Carolyn Wyman told Poynter in an email, “acknowledging that I had better be a lot more careful while at the same time, making me feel like it was fixable, not making me feel like I should just hang it up.”
Her dad was good with people, always measured, “and when I find myself in a tough psychodynamic spot, I almost automatically think about how my dad would handle the situation and try to do likewise.”
James Wyman spent 44 years at the Journal and retired as executive editor. He died May 9 at his home in South Kingston, Rhode Island. He was 90. During his career, he “directed coverage of corruption in the Rhode Island court system that won the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism in 1994,” according to his obituary. He was also a husband and the father of three children. Only Carolyn Wyman became a journalist, a job she says her father neither pushed her toward nor away from. She now works at Philadelphia City Paper. One of her brothers, J. Vernon Wyman, is an administrator at the University of Rhode Island and the other, Douglas Wyman, is a television scriptwriter who wrote for “Newhart,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Family Ties.”
Carolyn Wyman remembers her father working a lot, going in early, coming home late, sometimes missing dinner, “fielding phone calls even while we were on vacation (which I remember my mom not liking too much),” she wrote. “But it was all without complaint. It was clear to me that he loved his work and that it really interested him.” (His family has established The James V. Wyman Memorial Scholarship in Journalism at the University of Rhode Island.)Read more