What won't they print?
I was under the impression that newspapers were meant to be informative, possibly even entertaining. Sports, politics, weather, local happenings, letters to the editor, etc.
Webster's definition of newspaper
seems to agree with me.
However, I don't believe that the Salisbury Post
feels the way I do.
Sunday's edition featured an "article
" posted by a "free-lance writer" on the front page of section F (the Lifestyle section) that was basically news of this writer's 2 sisters' engagements and how different the 2 sisters were, speculation about the types of ceremonies they would have, blah, blah, blah.
I can't believe that this passed for "journalism".
I also can't believe that this has chapped my ass to such a degree.
I'm pretty sure that most papers have a section devoted to the announcement of engagements, weddings, births, etc. And typically, much like a classified ad, you have to pay the newspaper to post such a thing. But in this case, the writer was the one financially reimbursed for her words.
An "article" of this nature is not "newsworthy" to anyone other than family and friends of this writer.
That's what we have the internets for. Send an email. Post a blog.
But to get paid to write about it? To be prominently featured (photo as well)?
Maybe I'm just jealous. Maybe I want my fifteen minutes of local fame.
Maybe I should should just call myself a "freelance writer" and see if the post
wants any of my articles about my family and friends.
Nah. I still think that it was a waste of ink and paper.