Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Insight on the News

A Letter from the Editor

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Dear Readers,

Have you ever wondered how stories are selected for print, radio and TV broadcast or cable news? Sure, breaking news is an important element, but so too is the mix of newsmen and their perspectives about world events. As it were, the proof is in the pudding.

What brings this to mind is something a young lady working on a journalism paper asked us recently about what stories we pursue, and why much of the news in so-called mainstream outlets is so dull, repetitive or biased.

One reason is the constant curtailment of resources, leading to reliance on wire or cooperative news reporting. Another reason, frankly, is an all-too-prevalent reaction known in the business as "shark feeding" or the "wolf-pack mentality." A big story breaks and all hell breaks loose chasing it. Some mighty fine reporting comes from this, but so does reporting that fails to put the news into context so that it makes sense to the average Joe or Jill. …

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