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1 year ago
In the fundamental issues, unity; -- Saint Augustine
In matters of opinion, freedom;
In all things, charity.
-- Saint Augustine
Dear Kathy English:
Tell me what recent "major breaking news" Star readers needed to know "instantaneously" and in "real time." What news items in today's paper do they need to know at all? What would they lose if they read today's paper tomorrow or next week?
Are readers worse off until the Star "updated in next-day stories and published corrections"? How were their lives affected by living in ignorance until corrections were published?
Do readers really need to know immediately "daily, first hand, live reports from citizens at the heart of the Arab Spring"? Explain how life would be different if they learned about these things the next day or next week.
To use your example, did it matter that readers knew immediately the name of the Newton shooter, or his brother, or if they knew it at all? Ask your readers today if they still remember the shooter's name. Also ask what difference it made in their lives.
There's a touch of journalistic grandiosity in all this.Yes, report news, real news, but spare the breathless immediacy.