I guess the wife, mother, sister, daughter thing gave it away.
I was sure the first comment would be negative and it was. What joy!
Let me skip to the comment on how stories are chosen. It is my belief the public thinks the media sit around and deliberate on ways to slant the news one way or the other. This may be true in some cases, but there are exceptions. And many of us simply don't have the time to think of ways to bend the truth.
Many of us in the central Louisiana media collect information from our personal sources, phone calls, faxes, email and visits. The information is usually compiled in some way in a computer with a schedule and then the news manager balances the resources he has with the list of story ideas and scheduled events.
As the day unfolds are there are changes made, depending on what comes in to the newsroom. A prime example is what occurred in Ball with suspected illegal immigrants arrested. The story came in at about 4:00pm and the day kicked up again in the news cycle.
IMHO (in my humble opinion) we all do a fairly good job with the resources we have. And now is a good time in the media for central Louisiana with the explosion (too big a description?) of the internet.
For those of us in the local media willing to listen, we will have more tools than ever to find the kind of news you will be interested in…are you willing to participate?