SPEAKING OF NEWSPAPERS: Editors make choice to break away from packWhat is news? Different people have different opinions. Same with editors, whether they work for newspapers, radio or television.
What is news? Different people have different opinions. Same with editors, whether they work for newspapers, radio or television.
Since late last week, Duluth TV stations have put considerable focus on weather. The Daily Telegram provided a forecast but didn’t take it much further. Obviously, as a visual medium, television tends to concentrate on highly visual events. But there also are some philosophical differences at play.
All local news outlets tend to run on lean budgets. For a metro area of its size, the Twin Ports has a very large number of publications and broadcasters. There’s only so much money to go around.
Given that constraint, it seems surprising that TV news departments invest so heavily in meteorologists. Why not just rely on those at the National Weather Service?
That system works well for newspapers, and we intend to stick with it at The Daily Telegram.
Besides, we don’t get all that concerned about a foot of snow. Most people have seen it countless times before. Besides, half the population drives four-wheel-drive vehicles and the other half is smart enough to stay home when roads are impassible.
As for days of follow-up snow stories, who really cares? Snow falls. People dig out. This is northern Wisconsin. We’re tough.
Plus, there are real news stories that need to be covered. So we have to make a choice: provide news unavailable on TV, or follow the herd with another version of the same weather story.
Maybe we asked the wrong question to begin with. The real one? What is a “storm?” When we see a real one, we’ll give it the space it deserves.