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Have you heard of the Orange Street News?  To those that have, I say, isn’t it a great story.  To those that have not, I say, the Orange Street News.org is an on line community newspaper (paper copy published once a month, annual subscription $14.99) owned and managed by Hilde Kate Lysiak, its only reporter.  The Orange Street News recently scooped all other area papers on a murder in Selinsgrove, PA.  After the story was out, “Exclusive: Murder on Ninth Street”, she received harsh criticism about her reporting because of her age and gender.  An interesting commentary, check it out.  It gives one hope.

I sometimes wonder about the quality of the news and the role of the press in today’s world.  Has the internet taken over, facebook, twitter?  The daily news on TV is mostly local mayhem, weather and sports.  The daily news shows are exactly that, shows pandering to their market, protecting their ratings.  Not that I don’t enjoy them, I do.  It’s just that sometimes they seem so repetitive I can’t watch or listen.  The Sunday shows are OK, but watching them all takes away from other activities and affects the quality of weekend life.

What news do you look for, local, national, international?  Where do you get your news?  Do you care about it?  Do you think you can do anything about it?

By the way, what about the news adds disguised as announcements of the upcoming news?  You know, “Coming right up”.  The first add is for news at the end of the show news report, the others are buried after the weather and traffic reports.  Better yet, announced at 6:00 as “On at 11:00”.

Did you read the Globe’s fictitious, Orwellian Front Page about the future under Donald Trump?  Is this a new genre of entertainment news?  Or is it the start of a fight back against the talk shows to recapture lost readers?

Maybe it’s best to stick with PBS.  If I can answer two thirds of the questions on Wait, Wait, Don’t tell me I feel I have had a good week following the news.  How about you?

 

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Colleen Minaker

I agree Peter with much of what you write. I haven’t watched PBS in ages, too much doom and gloom. Where I do learn a lot is on the 3 c-span channels.

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I first learned about Orange Street News when the Wash Post covered the scandal over the little girl who should be playing tea parties not reporting crime and her retort back for her readers to either do something about the crime or she will continue reporting it, ending with “is this cute enough for you?” I fell in love that April day. I have always been a news junkie even an aspiring journalist. I have mostly lived outside of metro areas and read both the local news and the metro news. I grew up reading Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal and NYTimes and watching the Nighly News and Meet the Press. Now I watch very little news. I find it all infuriating – the repetition, sensationalism, the breaking news that rarely is, the 10 second segments, and the spreading of fear. Every morning I watch a few minutes of local news and weather. I record the few news shows that I do watch so I can fast forward, such as CBS Sunday Morning and 60 minutes – and then there’s SNL and John Oliver. I read almost all of my news. Every day I read local and Boston news highlights. Now with my favorite national papers being owned by corporations and Elizabeth Graham selling the Post to Bezos and the budget cuts that have cut investigative reporting, I’m disappointed in their news coverage. Still I get emails from all of them and will find an article in the LATimes, the… Read more »

Indeed the issue of contemporary journalism is infuriating. I call it facebook journalism: inch deep articles trotted out as in-depth coverage when it’s obvious the writer hasn’t done the homework, relying on one source feeding them their story. Worse are the articles masquerading as balanced journalism when in fact they are overt pieces of propaganda, or slant-for-hire pieces, purposely leaving out facts, twisting statistics, adding the occasional “people say”, anything to persuade the reader.

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