What constitutes news? - 07/25/14
We've been talking a lot about this lately. In fact, if you watch or listen to our live stream, you probably heard us talking about it during break the other day.
There's no doubt that journalism has changed since we started in this business. More frequently, in the age of social media, exactly what constitutes news is changing. I don't think it's for the better.
Are any of these stories newsworthy or of relevance to your life?
Boy banned from donut shop because owners think he's rude
Dad tweets about rude gate attendant
Girl sues her parents to pay for college tuition
Boy sent home for controversial t-shirt
Employee fired for spitting in customer's food
You know, these "problems" used to pop up and people would settle them on their own, NOT cry to the media about it.
It's frustrating to see that "news" has become a place for anyone to grip about something they don't like. It's equally frustrating when news outlets fall for it.
If there's a story that helps solve a real problem; a story that holds the powerful accountable; a story that uncovers a true injustice; a story that investigates wrongdoing; those are some of the pillars of true journalism.
I'd like to say that we won't air these nonsense, non-news stories, but I know they will continue to show up. As long as people use Google for reliable sources and can't live a day without a Facebook or Twitter check-in, I suppose those stories will be what end up in the headlines.