This week I have been giving some thought to what actually makes
a news story. Sometimes I read things and wonder just how it was
decided that this is "news" while something else which doesn't get
a look in is deemed not to be worthy. Naively I suppose I always
thought the strength of the story and its relevance to the
readership were the only criteria for what gets published. Recent
experience has toughened me up somewhat. It appears that there is a
whole load of bias, subjectivity and commercial considerations when
deciding what is a news story.
With newspapers bemoaning the rise of social media (and the
subsequent damage to their advertising revenues) you would think
the thing that would continue to draw people to their product would
be strong, community-focused
news. If the printed media is concerned about the rise and rise
of social media surely getting behind news in our island is the way
to go? Apparently not.