Blatant promotion passing as front page news
A look at two stories found on today's front pages: coverage of an Ogden bridal show and an area legislator working on . . . . (you'll never guess this one) legislation!
The biggest (words + pictures) story in the news sections of today's Wheeling papers was:
Happy Couples View Variety of Wedding Options at Newspapers' Bridal Show
Of course, it's the area Ogden papers' bridal show. The article includes plugs for the participating businesses (I'm sure that was part of the deal) and the inside page includes near-life-size pictures of some of those who attended.
This isn't the first we've read of the show as front page stories on Friday and Saturday told us:
Brides, Brunch and Bands Event Set
Most importantly, those included directions for getting around area road work.
State Senator Ryan Weld, a Republican legislator from Brooke County, is also featured on today's front pages:
Weld Bills To Focus On Addiction Treatment
The article begins:
Recent efforts by the West Virginia Legislature to curb drug addiction have focused on punishment for offenders, and Sen. Ryan Weld says the next move by lawmakers should be to start looking at improving drug treatment policies in the state.
How is this news? While it's nice to know that an area legislator is thinking about legislation, we are five months away from the start of the legislative session. Is "improving drug treatment policies" an innovative or special approach to the problem? I don't think so. So why is this on today's front pages? It's simple: Ryan Welds is an Ogden favorite and promotion of these special politicians, like covering your own sponsored event, takes precedent over actual news stories.