Day old news, anyone?
It’s taken awhile, but I think I’ve finally figured out why daily newspapers like the Kansas City Star make readers pay for national and international news filler in an era where the exact same information – albeit on a more timely basis – is readily available online or cable news networks radio – you name it – the day before.
Think of it as more is less.
It’d be one thing if somehow that day-old information was rejiggered and presented in a more thoughtful, insightful manner.
Mostly however it’s not.
Generally speaking it’s just the same news most everybody who cares digested the day or evening before, repackaged in printed form and unveiled as if it were breaking news / cutting edge information.
Case in point:
The above the fold headline in today’s Star reads:
“Trump chooses McMaster as national security advisor.”
The only thing missing are the tongue-in-cheek words, “this just in.”
Seriously, it’s so last Monday!
The rationale for running the day before’s Trump news can be explained in part by today’s secondary front page story about the Kansas City Library and Kansas City Museum teaming to develop a children’s museum at the old Red Bridge Shopping Center in southeast Kansas City.
Here’s the deal…
It’s not that the Red Bridge story’s unworthy, but with the groundbreaking 18 months out, it hardly passes for cutting edge news. And sans the Trump tale, it would have had to have served as the lead news story of the day.
Get my point?
With well over 1,000 staff cuts the past 10 or so years, the Star is hard put to offer up compelling local and area news on a daily basis.
And therein lies the problem. Continue reading