Editing question

Since: Sep 08


#1 Jan 15, 2009
Wondering why the child porn story was taken out of the local news? I see the editor has placed a "kill" on this. Why?

“Sequim & Port Angeles R.E.”

Since: May 08


#2 Jan 26, 2009
Good question. Why was the child porn story taken out of the local Topix news? Between the Sequim and Port Angeles sections of Topix, we had maybe a half a dozen articles on the child porn case. I made an editorial decision to reduce the number of times our audience has to see another article on the same child porn case. Should we be aware of a child porn case? Yes. Do we read and hear about it in all the newspapers and on our local radio multiple times? Yes. Do we need to hear about it even more on Topix? No. A few dozen times in our local media is quite enough. While news about murders, vicious attacks, child porn, and bizarre crimes do appeal to a percentage of the American public, a very large percentage of Sequim and Port Angeles residents are quite frankly sick and tired of news that is full of nothing but tragedies and horrendous stories of pain and suffering. People tell me all the time that they would like more positive news, not avoiding the realities in the world, but they get plenty of that in traditional print media. What people want more of is the "other real news," such as human interest stories of the incredible careers and things that real people have done right here in Sequim and Port Angeles. That's one reason this editor started a brand new online newspaper just for Sequim and Port Angeles. You'll find it if you simple type " Sequim-News.com " in your browser. Join us and see if you like the content and the way we give locals an opportunity to create the news.

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