Woster over at Mt. Blogmore has a post about "professional journalists" breaking more news than the 3.5 percent that bloggers break.
Okay. So what? C'mon Kevin, the news day just wasn't that slow. Granted, I'm posting tired old blonde jokes. But as a professional journalist, and Woster is one, don't we wonder whatever happened to putting the most important news of the day on the front page, no matter how badly Post 22 may have beaten their latest opponent?
An Associated Press story about North Korea being suspected of hacking and shutting down websites in the U.S. and South Korea is less important than the identity of a shooting victim, a waitress suing a fraternal organization and a teen burglary suspect being charged as an adult.
The notion is that folks are getting their national and international news elsewhere and so local papers around the country are running more local news there, to emphasize that some things are not available on the 24-hour news networks. That may be, but newspaper devotees still expect their local daily to grade the news.
It's a chicken and egg situation: Would more readers spend more time with their newspaper than with cable news if the information contained in the newspaper was more accurate and in-depth? Or are the newspapers correct in thinking that we've all become too shallow to care enough about what's going on to read more in-depth reporting of the events that affect the world?
The reason the small, local daily newspaper should return to grading the news according to its importance to the world at large is because it is the right thing to do. There are some things people want to know and other things they NEED to know. That newspapers have forgotten this in their pursuit of new readers, may explain why they are failing to find them.