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Journalism or stenography?

My local newspaper contained a story this week about the county legislature allocating $4 million for road repairs. The story listed which county roads would get money and how much road would be repaired: County Road 73, 2.8 miles, $240,000, for example.

Two problems: first, the story didn't list the road names, and second, it didn't say where the roads are. I live less than two miles from three county roads and have driven countless others, but I have no idea what their road numbers are, nor can I tell where they are just by number. I doubt any readers except for school bus drivers, rural mail carriers and UPS workers could have looked at the paper's list of 17 county road numbers and been able to say where half of them are.

I looked and looked through the paper for that information and didn't find it. I looked on the paper's website. No luck. I thought maybe the information would appear in the next day's paper. Nothing there.

My Facebook friend John Firkel breaks big stories nearly as often as the newspaper, and he's a postal carrier, not a full-time journalist. John: What say we start an online newspaper when we retire?



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Apr. 30th, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
I would be honored to serve as sports geru for area athletic events.
Keep me posted.
Apr. 30th, 2016 06:24 pm (UTC)
An online newspaper is an idea I've considered on and off for years. At this point, though, I'm leaning toward establishing a blog to address what I see as the media's increasing myopia when it comes to recognizing viewers' and readers' needs.
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