Adjusting the News
“How does a news organization set, re-set, and adjust every day the balance between sizzle and steak, between glitter and grist, between what’s fun to know and what’s important to know?
“News has to always be both and can’t ever be just one. If it’s just froth and eye-candy, it’s not news but entertainment. If it’s just worthy lectures, it’s boring and goes unseen. Professors can make students read their books. Reporters and editors can’t.”
—James Fallows, senior correspondent, “Everything Old Is New Again, and Vice Versa: The Predicament of the Press,” The Atlantic, May 2014 (Image: Steve Breen, San Diego Union Times)
• Editorial Comment: I get it. Sort of “conflating” news and fun into better stories. And that’s the way it is now.
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