Giving-up any pretense that they are in the news business, the Sunday Wheeling News-Register gives us two pages of shameless self-promotion
80% of the front page and 100% of the available news space on page 3 are devoted to a May 26 event sponsored by Ogden Newspapers
Well, at least they’ve dropped the façade that they are in the news business: while it’s still over two months away, the Ogden Newspaper-sponsored “Tough as Nails Urban Challenge” needs promoting and what better way to do it than devote most of your first two “news” pages to it. A large picture, a large graphic, and a detailed map supplement almost 1900 words devoted to the May 26 event.
Almost every other newsworthy event that happened in the local area, the state, country, or the world has been moved to a back page or, more likely, been ignored. (Note -- the front page does include reports on a commission studying WV higher education and the Maple Sugar Days at Oglebay Park.)
One of the other stories that was kept is a page 6A Associated Press story on Friday’s New Zealand mosque attack. (See previous post.) Unfortunately, we get only the first 356 words of the 834-word article. The article was probably truncated to make room for the largest ad on the page which takes up over ¼ of the page: an advertisement for the “Let’s Get Muddy” event at Seven Springs Resort on May 11. “Let’s Get Muddy” would appear to be quite similar to “Tough as Nails” and guess who owns the Seven Springs Resort? The ad doesn’t mention it, but Seven Springs is also owned by Ogden.