January 27, 2004

Hard News= Yuck!

I understand that hard news stories are very important to the better learning of people in general, but how boring can it be sometimes? Hard news stories have no opinions or feelings, unless it comes from someone else's mouth. I would rather read an editorial just to hear what other people think. For instance, I really like to blog now, because I get to read what other people have to say, whether I like it or not. Either way...I am going to check to see what other people write just so I can agree or disagree with the person that wrote the certain article.

I was having a discussion with Amanda on why the sports section in a newspaper is so important to not only the city of Pittsburgh, but just society in general. Would a reader rather listen to the depressing news that is happening in the world, (i.e. Four Dead in Motorcycle Accident, Bird Flu Hitting Southwest...) or would someone rather get a break from reality by seeing whether or not their favorite team has won? I know that if the Pittsburgh Steelers get a victory on Sunday, then I am in a better mood for Monday. I am just tired of hearing no feelings put into depressing news articles. Even if something good happens to society, then no emotion is still put into the article. An editorial has opinions, and that is why I feel that they are better to write and read. If some people don't like it...too bad!

Posted by The Gentle Giant at January 27, 2004 02:36 PM
Comments

Jay, I agree with you. Hard news can get so boring a lot of the times that every article in the paper looks the same. Editorials get the most readers because people can agree or disagree according to their own personal opinions. But, what we as readers have to understand is that the journalists who write editorials usally start off their job by writing the boring hard news that we all dislike so much.

Tiffany

Posted by: Tiffany at January 27, 2004 02:46 PM

Hard news is important, boring or otherwise (and I have found that reality is sometimes more interesting than the almost-ficticious representations the U.S. people like to call pro-sports). You really should check out some sites that focus on the abnormal hard news stories. I have laughed so hard at these, and been so entertained by something you like to call "boring", dismissing the entire genre of journalism as being generally boring.

Take a deeper look. Or a lighter look at the subject, and you will find that hard news can be just as "fulfilling" as the sports page. GASP!

But then again, this is your "personal blog" (quoted description from my pal, Paul Crossman), and you may say what you like when you like. You may even delete this comment.

But you left your comments section open, so I am commenting.

Many people like hard news, and go to the front page to get the news. Seriously, the day after September 11th, do you honestly believe that people went to the Sports page first? I don't think so. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at January 28, 2004 11:20 PM

No comment back. You disappoint, Jay.

Posted by: Amanda at January 29, 2004 06:30 PM

Ouch Amanda! That was harsh, but definetly true. I know that I usually only read the comics section of the news paper, but there is something else that needs to be understood here.

You used the example of Sept 11 in your comment. That tragic event was important to the history of our country as well as something people needed to know more about in full. We don't have those types of events in the everyday world. Granted there are important stories in the paper every day, but they are not nearly as groud shattering as events such as Sept 11 or even earlier events such as WWII. In times like those people who are not usually news comsumers pick up a news paper dispite themselves.

Tiffany

Posted by: Tiffany at January 30, 2004 02:04 PM

What you guys are referring to is a catastrophic event that happens once in a while. What I am talking about is a consistent liking and wanting to read something exciting. Everyday, and I mean everyday, there is something exciting that is worth reading in the sports section. It is absolutely not the same. I wish you guys would understand that. :^)

Posted by: Jay Pugh at January 30, 2004 06:23 PM

Jay I am offended...Here I am defending your cause and you are telling me I don't understand...What are we to do with you?

Tiffany

Posted by: Tiffany at January 30, 2004 07:05 PM

And if you knew anything about constructing a newspaper, you would find that the editor tries to diversify the stories to reach many different audiences. However, in your rush to reach your precious, need I say it? BORING statistics, you skip the interesting stories focused on us, a target group that they are missing. We are an entertainment-focused crowd, they know that. At least one story should catch your eye. However,as I said previously, the online version may have more "us" stories on it--the internet is our medium. Try going there for hard news and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: Amanda at January 30, 2004 09:12 PM

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