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Thursday was sad and eventful at the same time

June 28, 2009 - Per Peterson
Had quite a day Thursday in the newsroom. I started with a blank Page 1, wondering what I was going to fill it with, and ended up with the deaths of two American icons in Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett and, locally, a tragic boating accident at School Grove Lake near Cottonwood that killed a man. I know there are people out there who think of reporters and editors as distant relatives of ambulance chasers, that we get all excited when news breaks, especially bad news. They've all heard the saying "if it bleeds it leads." But that's not who we are. We don't like to see tragic accidents or deaths of celebrities anymore than you do, but we have a job to do — that's why we go to accidents, that's why we ask questions, that's why we have to be nosy at times and, yes, even get in the way now and again. If we in the media don't tell the story and inform the public, who will? People with computers and blogs aren't reporters and journalists. But unfortunately, they have the power to pretend they are because they have a computer and Internet connection. I'm glad I was able to fill Page 1 with Wednesday's major news. A major area news story broke and we were there to cover it. I'm not glad that the majority of the news that went on that page was sad and tragic.


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