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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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Last Update on July 28, 2015 09:31 GMT

LOBSTER DAY

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Happy Lobster Day! Not today, but how about Sept. 25? U.S. senators from New England are introducing a resolution to designate Sept. 25, 2015, as National Lobster Day. Maine's Angus King and Susan Collins say the crustacean deserves some respect. They say thousands of families depend on the lobster industry to make a living. They also note that American lobsters are growing in popularity as a "global delicacy."

DOLPHIN EXCHANGE

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) -- Three young dolphins could soon be flying. Dolphin Quest is asking for permission to transport the creatures. Dolphin Quest allows tourists to swim with dolphins in lagoons at resorts on Oahu and Hawaii Island. The male dolphins would be moved between the resorts. Dolphin Quest says the measure would help ensure genetic diversity in its breeding program. West Hawaii Today reports the state Board of Agriculture will consider the request next week.

FAN'S SECOND GAME

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- It's been quite a stretch between games for Pirates fan Esther McNeal. She's only seen one game in person and that was more than 50 years ago. She's followed the Pirates on radio and TV for most of her 93 years. So, granddaughter Cindy Shtur arranged a recent trip to PNC Park to watch the Pirates take on the Washington Nationals. McNeal tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she got her hair done for the game and slept all night on her back to keep it looking just right. To make the day even better, the Pirates beat the Nationals, 3-1.

LATE MAIL

HARRISON, Ark. (AP) -- The check really was in the mail. Barbara Fraizer of Harrison, Arkansas, says she received a letter earlier this month with a postal money order for $200. Then she noticed the postmark. The letter was mailed about 17 years ago. Fraizer says she didn't believe it years ago when the sender said he had mailed her a check. She tells the Harrison Daily Times she yelled a lot at the time. By the way, that money order was still good and Fraizer cashed it.

 
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