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.



 

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'BACHELOR' BREAKUP

NEW YORK (AP) -- He's going to stay a "Bachelor" -- at least for now. Chris Soules and Whitney Bischoff have split. Soules was "The Bachelor" on the latest season of the ABC show. He popped the question to Whitney during the season finale two months ago. The former couple released a statement saying they've "amicably decided to end their relationship" and "part with nothing but respect and admiration for one another." After The Bachelor, Soules was featured on "Dancing With the Stars." Us Weekly first reported the breakup.

SEA LIONS-BEACH BALLS

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) -- It's a ball -- but not for sea lions. The Port of Astoria, Oregon, is trying a colorful approach to shooing away sea lions: beach balls. The Daily Astorian reports the idea came from a resident who said unlike seals, sea lions are afraid of beach balls. Since the beach balls have been floating in the docks, only a couple of sea lions have been spotted.

CALIFORNIA DROUGHT-LAWN REBATES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's green in ripping out the lawn. Californians are taking advantage of rebates for pulling up their grass to conserve water during the drought. This week, the Metropolitan Water District added $350 million for rebates and other conservation measures in a large part of Southern California. In April, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered residents to slash water use. Since then, demand has surged for rebates to help homeowners trade lawns for drought-tolerant gardens. Homeowners get two bucks per square foot for ditching the grass.

TAXI PROTEST-UBER

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- It could be tough finding a cab in Sin City today. Taxi drivers in Las Vegas won't be cruising the Strip looking for fares. The union representing drivers for Yellow Checker Star taxis says they're protesting this afternoon. The drivers don't like the ride-sharing company Uber. They claim Uber's safety standards aren't sufficient and surge pricing is a bad deal for riders. No comment yet from Uber.

 
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