We have made a monumental transition from the great reporting of Walter Cronkite to now. Journalism use to be an art-form, a way to get the truth out there to the masses. But nowadays, it has just turned into a “click-measuring” contest, trying to see who can amass the most clicks.
I bring this up because all to often I see articles from legit publications with these bland headlines to draw the reader in. Once they do, they mention the story is not all that it seems.
For example; I recently saw a headline talking about a professional athlete’s little brother getting in trouble with the law. The author didn’t state the star’s name outright in the headline, which ended up doing it’s job by forcing me to click on the article to learn more. Once reading, the article only mentions the star ONCE, and then moves on with the story.
This story made me sick, sick to my stomach. Not only because they are using a celebrities name and stardom to sell their story, but because the only reason this story made it to a major publication was because the offender was related to a star athlete.
Now yes, I understand that these offenses that individuals may commit are indeed bad. They should be given some form of attention. But it shouldn’t be picked up by neighboring states news publications just because the offender is related to a famous athlete.
If it’s a local kid, keep it to the local papers. Don’t trounce on the entire family’s name just because of one person’s mistake.
So all in all, let’s get back to the content. Let’s focus on the written word and reporting ACTUAL news. Let us stay away from this garbage.