I have been kidded about how the paper calls itself the Daily News, since the paper product comes out just once a week. The thing is, with technology, we are still a daily papper.
There was a police car involved in an accident this morning near Caseys on 160. It was too late for press time, but we will get the information about it as soon as we can and it will be online this afternoon. It didn’t look like all that serious of an accident.
I have been kidded about how the paper calls itself the Daily News, since the paper product comes out just once a week.
The thing is, with technology, we are still a daily papper.
We try to update the website often, so you can check for the news daily, and even more often at times on there.
Technology, and the Internet, have so changed the face of journalism that what it was even 10 years ago is not at all recognizable today.
The news is immediate. And just who a journalist is, or who a news organization is, has also changed. Basically anyone with a keyboard and an Internet connection can post stuff and call him or herself a journalist.
There is more information available then ever, and faster then ever, but unfortunately often accuracy is a casuality.
One thing I will not do is put out information that I am not pretty confident about as far as being accurate. I’d rather be later than others but be more correct.
That is not meant as a slam at any local news organization, but just the reality of the times we live in.
There are also people who have an agenda, especially on the state or national level, that want to promote their agenda and they try to pass off what they do as news.
A great case in point was something the conservative talking heads were talking about yesterday. Ther was a World Heatlh Organization study that said people in Greece were intentionally invecting themselves with HIV in order to get government benefits. It was a long study and was an error. It should have said, people are getting HIV from self inflicted drug needles, which is intentional.
Conservatives, in their agenda to demonize poor people, and to push the idea that all poor people are drugged and lazy, jumped on that quickly.
The World Health Organization has since issued a correction and an apology. I’ll bet the conservative radio talk show talking heads won’t be issuing a correction or even an “oops/”
But in today’s world they are considered journalists.
I do have opinions and will write about them here on the editorial page, but I try to just stick to the f acts on the news pages.
It is important to always ask, what is the agenda of the person presenting news or opinion.
James Jordan is editor at the Wellington News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org