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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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OLYMPIC SLED RIDE

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- If this record-breaking winter isn't wild enough -- you can slide belly-down on sled at about 40 miles per hour. The site of the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York, is offering skeleton sledding. For 75 bucks, visitors can try the twisting sled run. It's all over in a flash, about 40 seconds. Scott Hayes of Toronto says it was a lot faster than he anticipated. Jillian Frascoia of Richmond, Vermont, says it was scary, but great.

BASKETBALL JERSEY CONTROVERSY

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's was an attempt to think pink. And it almost cost a girls' high school basketball team a chance to play for the Los Angeles city championship. Officials disqualified Narbonne High, after the girls wore uniforms with pink letters and numbers for breast cancer awareness. Rules require teams to wear only their official school colors. Now, league officials have reversed their decision, but coach Victoria Sanders has been suspended for the rest of the season. Sanders tells the Los Angeles Times she accepts the punishment. The Narbonne girls' basketball program will be on probation through next season. The team faces Palisades High in the section championship game Saturday.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES-ALCOHOL

WASHINGTON (AP) -- You might think of it as the United States of booze. The National Archives is exploring America's long history with alcohol. Curators pulled 100 original items and documents from the archives. They include the 18th Amendment that created Prohibition, the 21st Amendment that repealed it, President Franklin Roosevelt's cocktail shaker and a first edition of "Alcoholics Anonymous." "Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History" opens tomorrow in Washington.

TIME CHANGE-SAME HOUSE

KENDALL, Kan. (AP) -- Think this weekend's time change is a headache? Well, consider the situation of Ron and Sherry Finlay. Their home near Kendall in western Kansas sits on the line that divides the Mountain and Central time zones. Walk through a door on one side of the house, it's Central Time. Go through another door, and it's Mountain Time. They tell the Hutchinson News they've decided to live on Mountain Time. But Sherry Finlay says it sometimes gets confusing for visitors.

 
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