If the Wheeling News-Register is part of your Sunday reading:
Answer: C, D and E.
Before beginning, a quick glance at today’s papers from around the country might be helpful. This morning, Kiosko.net highlighted the front page of the following five newspapers:
As you can see, this cross-section of the nation’s papers focused on the various marches by young people held in various cities. These protests were also a major story on the network and cable news channels yesterday as their reporters were there to bring us interviews, updates, and discussions. As a local angle to the larger story, there was also a rally against gun violence held yesterday in Wheeling. And while the local television stations in Wheeling and Steubenville covered the rally, it apparently was not considered to be news by our local “newspaper”— there was nothing in this morning’s News-Register about this rally.
Why not? I've argued previously that Ogden reporters don't often work on Saturday -- an editor simply rounds up old AP stories to add to stories written days before. However, two of the stories on today’s front page occurred yesterday and a News-Register reporter wrote both of them. Obviously, that the News-Register chose to send a reporter to Bethany while ignoring a story of national importance just three blocks away says a great deal of about their biases.
Back to the quiz question: neither the local nor national rallies made it to the front page of today’s paper. While the local march was totally ignored, the News-Register did print an Associated Press story on the national rallies on A5 of the front section.
What, then, was on today’s front page. Easily the biggest (by space) story on today’s front page was
Study: Ethane Crackers More Lucrative in Marcellus Region
(With two large pictures that contributed little to our understanding, the story took up half of the available front page news space.) A Google search of the cited study reveals that this is old news -- other sources reported on it on Tuesday (see here and here, for examples.) The News-Register article was probably written on Tuesday or Wednesday for use today. Consequently, there is not much that is “new” in this “news.”
Also, on the front page was
Bethany Panel Discusses Women’s Role
by local reporter Alec Berry. The story described a panel that featured four Bethany graduates who spoke yesterday "to current female students about leadership and finding a way with whatever professional goal they hold.”
This is front page news? (If Berry wanted to learn about female leadership, couldn’t he have just gone down the street from the Intelligencer office to the wharf to see females in leadership roles?)
Finally, Berry apparently stopped at Oglebay Park on his way back to the paper to cover the Wheeling Polka Festival with
Everybody Polka, Polka, Polka!
The Sunday paper ignored the local rally and buried what nearly every other news source believed was the biggest story of the day on page 5. Once again, their biases affected their coverage. Fear not, however, I’m sure we’re not far away from an editorial or Myer column lecturing young people about gun control, the 2nd Amendment, democracy, or all of the above.