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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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GOP 2016-PAUL-MARIJUANA

DENVER (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is looking for some green from the pot biz. The Kentucky senator sought donations from the newly legal weed business yesterday. He met with donors at the Cannabis Business Summit in Denver. Tickets for the fundraiser started at $2,700. In public remarks after the event, Paul didn't mention marijuana and didn't take questions from most reporters.

NBA JERSEYS

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- It's LeBron James versus Stephen Curry, again. And Curry is the winner, again. Curry's jersey is the top seller for the first time. The Golden State Warriors star and league MVP is the best-seller, according to the NBAStore.com. James held the top spot at the end of the regular season, but drops to second. The latest figures cap Curry's incredible year. He led the Warriors to a franchise-record 67 wins -- plus 16 more in the playoffs -- and their first championship in 40 years. His Warriors beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games for the NBA crown.

SNAKE-MUSEUM TOILET

ARCHER CITY, Texas (AP) -- There was an unwelcome visitor at a North Texas museum -- a nearly 6-foot-long snake. Mary Ann Levy was opening the museum when she spotted the rat snake curled up in a toilet. Sheriff's Deputy Tina Robertson was supervising an inmate crew mowing at the nearby courthouse. A trusty happened to know about snakes and he helped capture the creature. Levy can laugh about it now. She tells the Wichita Falls Times Record News at least the snake now doesn't have a pot to "hiss in."

NATIONAL MALL-FOOD SERVICE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Visitors to the National Mall in Washington have some new food options. The National Park Service says concession provider Guest Services is expanding choices at six kiosks. The new options include gluten-free and vegetarian choices. One food station at the Lincoln Memorial will have a specialty burger each month, along with black bean and Boca burgers. At the National Museum of Natural History, a kiosk will have specialty barbecue items. For desert, the food stations will offer seasonal fresh fruit, pies and cheesecakes.

 
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