What is considered newsworthy?
There’s been a shift in what is considered newsworthy. The increasing need for clicks and page views has warped the strategy of most digital-age publications to the point where all and everything is now published. The space on the front page of these publications isn’t sacred, instead multiple stories are crammed on in the hope that at least one story will gain your interest.
An example of this “all and everything” approach is an amusing photo of an office “security robot” that started off on Twitter. It’s a 127 character tweet with a photo attached, but the story got picked up by the likes of The Verge and Ars Technica UK. While the tweet is admittedly amusing, the media attention undeniably adds nothing to the original tweet. It’s the approach that these (and many more) publications now take, casting the “newsworthy” net so large that their stories interest as many people as possible while alienating and confusing those that aren’t interested in such stories.
For a while this ever-growing and noticeable change shown by trusted publications frustrated me and directed me to search for better alternatives, but the truth is this is the reality we’re now living in. It’s the direction all publications are heading in, and it’s working out for them.
Luckily, while The Verge can occasionally report on garbage like shown above, their reporting can still be excellent. The same goes for the majority of modern publications. I could wish for less of this “all and everything” type reporting but the reality is this is an upwards trend. It means that today being extra observant to the stories that are published is essential while separating the garbage from the useful.