What a great point from an emailer about an item in the print edition last week:
What is “fair” about this abbreviated article that appeared on page A2 of the May 5th paper?
ALASKA TOLL: Three motorcyclists were killed in a Saturday night crash on a key Alaska highway north of Anchorage.
Is such a short and incomplete article fair to those that were killed? To their family and friends? To those in Alaska that were inconvenienced by the accident? To us readers in the KC area that aren’t given the relevance of this accident to the people involved, the local Alaska population, or ourselves?
I understand that this (Around the Nation) section only provides brief glimpses of news around the nation, but I believe instead of spending a column inch on such an incomplete story, it would be better to devote that space to providing more context and relevance to other stories in that section.
Items such as this are called “briefs” for the obvious reason. And while their point is to convey the relevant information as succinctly as possible, I don’t think it’s too harsh to call this one too brief. Good call from this reader.