Our page offering the Audio of Think and Grow Rich has steady traffic of which we are very appreciative.
What brought me back to post?
I have spent this past year helping an old friend, James Strauss (we met and ‘joined forces’ building business in 1970), building his local weekly newspaper publication and digital format, The Geneva Shore Report.
The mission statement of this completely independent and self financed weekly printed newspaper is to encourage local participation in Government, honoring citizens for their contributions and always on the the prowl for Good News and NOT so Good News.
An article posted the first week of 2016 praised a local business person for their generosity in providing
food and discount for lodging for victims of an apartment fire. She owns a long established Eatery, and also set aside a donation jar on the counter.
The newspaper is on the street on Wednesday mornings, articles written and edited on Tuesdays. The Apartment fire occurred late Saturday night. The Newspaper reporter found about the Restaurant’s charitable actions and wrote a story, praising the owner/manager.
The NEWS Reporter did not have time to track down all parties, victims and recipients and the article was posted. So it was News, presented to the public in a relatively short period of time.
That is where things get a bit crazy.
The letters (comments) on the website and a few calls to the paper were damning the PRESS for not having the facts straight!
EVERY Victim was not a recipient of the generosity and some felt that unfair
and the newspaper did not serve the public correctly with full disclosure.
Some claim was shoddy and misleading reporting of the NEWS.
Of course there are many “definitions out there but here is what comes up first:
1. “I’ve got some good news for you”
If a lot of time is spent investigating all details and every minutiae surrounding a story to insure 100% accuracy
by the time that was gathered, it would NO LONGER BE NEWS.
Here are some of the disparaging letters along with positive notes….
So what I KNOW is this, my MOTHER, and what I can only assume from simple calculations others, was never offered a motel to sleep, gift card to eat, or any small amount of cash to help her through this completely devastating and tramatic event. Also, no one from this website/reporter even talked to my Mother to fact check this story. PLEASE CORRECT THIS. Thanks,
Janette has always been beyond generous of spirit. A truly remarkable woman with a huge heart. Thanks, for publishing this positive article about her.
So when do we start looking at news?
When do we start giving total credence to that which we read and hear under the guise of NEWS?
Do we want NEWS or History, which is usually only the presentation of one person’s interpretation of news.