Monday, February 24, 2014

We used "the wheel of death"

Fox has been all over the proposal - quickly smacked down - to have monitoring of newsroom decision making.
I've been in a newsroom.
It's not that exciting.
There's a daily "what do you have" meeting.
You get updates from the Associated Press on what they are doing.
You watch the local TV to see if they found something you missed.
One of our copy editors joked about how to decide if a disaster made the front page - or got pushed inside. He called his proportion wheel "the wheel of death," with enough death in a foreign country warranting better coverage.
Individuals can get their story angles pushed to the front page. But there are many personalities and many outside pressures that go into the daily front page.
Government doesn't need to be one more pressure.

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