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We all like good news
December 2, 2010 - Blaine Hyska
Everyone’s talking about the tragic incident at Marinette High School on Nov. 29.
For those of you who may have been hiding the past several days, a 10th grade student held a class and teacher hostage for several hours before shooting himself. He died from his injuries. No one else was injured.
We in the media business find ourselves in a no-win situation when we publish these types of incidents. Sure, it’s big news and everyone wants to know. But we are part of the community, and we need to be sensitive to friends and family members.
Some readers say that we shouldn’t make these types of things bigger than they are because they create copy cats, and the media coverage just glorifies the situation.
And — what do you know — a day after the Marinette school crisis, there was a bomb threat at Stephenson High School, and a threatening note found at Menominee High School three days later.
You see, say the critics, all you guys do is look for bad news. No wonder there’s so much crime, they say. Why don’t you ever print anything good, they ask.
I may be biased, but I believe the people who think we always print bad news are the ones who only read bad news.
We publish a lot of good news as well. In fact, I’ll argue that we print more good news than bad.
Just take a good look at the paper.
Sure, we have crashes, crime, and arrests, but we also have award ceremonies, engagements, weddings, births, graduations, fund-raising events, pictures of donations, employees of the month, honor rolls, students of the month, Daily Meditations, church listings, etc., etc., etc.
You see, we all like good news — even us folks in the news business.
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