COMMENT: I READ AND READ AND READ THE NEWS TODAY - OH BOY
by Scott Bennett
Sun, Sep 18, 2005, 03:07 PM
I personally feel that the Dallas News has done the best job in the country of covering all aspects of the Katrina story. They have dedicated nearly 100 pages to the story since the levees of New Orleans gave way and the dimensions of the tragedy began to come clear. I have mentioned this fact to at least two dozen people over the period of time and only two indicated they had read anything more than headlines and a few paragraphs. One was a 25 year old woman who grew up in the Big Easy and the other a retired school teacher who reads every word of her paper every day. Those in youth and late youth just didn't have the time or the interest.
When I worked at the Dallas News 15 year ago there was much concern over the future of newspapers. But the source of concern was TV and radio - no one had ever heard of the Internet. Or for that matter 24X7 cable news. The thought for the future was that while TV and radio would deal with breaking news newspapers would provide depth, context, perspective and analysis.
I doesn't seem to be working out that way. I am a news junkie and couldn't begin to read all the News produced (and they spent a bundle on it). And not one single person I talked to - everyone of them educated and well read - had the time or inclination to read all that perspective, context and analysis - or really any of it.