The Google dictionary tells us that "news" is “newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events”
And Monday’s Wheeling papers now rival the Sunday News-Register for lack of it
Regular readers of this blog are familiar with my frequent complaint of the lack of any news in the Sunday Wheeling News-Register. The Monday papers now appear to be getting to that same point.
Today's front page
At the top of the front-page of this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer is this headline:
Drivers Cautioned To Share Road With Amish
The accompanying story documents recent accidents involving horse-drawn buggies in Ohio. Can this be the most important story for Wheeling-area residents? Maybe if it was 1919.
Below this story is the article with the largest headline:
WVU Researcher Takes On Incurable Disease
The byline says “From Staff Reports.” No, it’s not from “staff,” it’s a word-for-word WVU public relations release (dated May 13) masquerading as a news article.
Further down the front page:
Business Hall of Fame Inductees Have Led Growth
No, it’s not Wheeling’s Hall of Fame, it’s WVU’s hall for business and this article is a rewrite of a nearly month-old WVU public relations release:
Okay, there were news stories* further down the front page:
Cookoff Will Have Youthful Flavor
And an AP story:
Trump Implores Anti-Abortion Activists To Remain United in 2020 Election
The front section
Here are the some of the news stories found in this morning’s front section:
• An AP story from Albuquerque about a little league ballfield with discarded syringes
• A local story from Ogden’s Parkersburg paper about model trains at a nursing home
• An AP article about the imploding of Bethlehem Steel’s headquarters
• A week-old PR release from Wheeling Hospital
Nationally, we have the effects of trade wars, immigration issues, investigations of the president, congressional actions, Iraq, and lots of Democratic candidates for president, among many important topics. Ogden considers none of these to be "news."
Hey, aren't we due for another one of those self-congratulatory editorials that tells us how our local newspapers keep us informed?
*Note the same five articles (in different order) take-up the front page of the afternoon Wheeling News-Register. The afternoon paper also used the same inside articles. (Apparently, nothing new happened this morning.)