Letters to the Editor

Buried news

March 15, 2011


To the editor:

My comment is not meant to demean basketball in any way. After following the disaster in Japan online on Friday night I fully expected to see coverage of this front and center on the Saturday paper. Not only was it not on the front page it was on the last page of the last section — the classifieds — and therefore likely to be missed entirely.

Really? What were the editors thinking? I am well aware that the Journal-World made a decision to place local news on the front page; well and good I suppose for a small, local paper. However, there are times when an event in the world is so enormous and of such consequence that it warrants an exception to the front page’s status quo. The earthquake and tsunami that have caused such obvious and as yet imperceptible devastation to Japan should have been such an exception.

No matter the timing of the Big 12 Conference and the importance to Lawrence, not even Kansas University basketball should have held precedence over the tragedy in Japan. I mean no offense to the team or to fans everywhere, but it was wrong to relegate that story to anywhere but the front page and certainly not the last page — no matter what the policy is.


mr_right_wing 7 years, 3 months ago

Ok, yeah...valid point.

You do have about 10-million other sources for news on that as well though.....

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 3 months ago

Leave our little hometown paper alone. I'm sure LJWorld is perfectly capable of deciding which news is most important. If you disagree, see "mr. right wing" above. The right always knows the right way.

thinkagain 7 years, 3 months ago

Letter writer David Barfield agrees that Japan news should have been more front and center. Will you two "right" thinkers be commenting on his letter?

Scott Drummond 7 years, 3 months ago

We are surprised the right wing LJW is not interested in educating its readers on the folly of nuclear power plants? That it does not wish to inform Kansans of the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin citizens who have stood up to their abusive, Koch brothers selected government?

No, some of us are not.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

Here's another story LJW passed by: google "Fogel family" + murder

Godot 7 years, 3 months ago

The only news about Japan I would be interested in reading in the LJW would be an original story like a first person account from someone in Lawrence who is currently in Japan, or who just returned from there, or who has relatives or contacts there. No need to use a story from the wire service that you can read somewhere else. What about a report on our sister city, Hiratsuka?

Lindsey Buscher 7 years, 3 months ago

"The only news about Japan I would be interested in reading in the LJW would be an original story like a first person account from someone in Lawrence who is currently in Japan"

Typical American ethnocentrism, always got to make it about us somehow. What's the matter with just showing a little empathy for our fellow man?

Godot 7 years, 3 months ago

There was nothing about that statement that showed a lack of empathy. On the contrary, connecting with people we know will bring the story even closer to us. It is called journalism, as opposed to regurgitation, which is what newspapers that print wire stories do.

Majestic42 7 years, 3 months ago

Absolutely NOT, puggy. The LJW is a LOCAL paper, and people read it for LOCAL news. Sure they throw a little wire content in there to fill up space, but you should be getting local news from a local paper and (inter)national news from a (inter)national news source. If not, it's almost as bad as getting your news from the Daily Show.

Lindsey Buscher 7 years, 3 months ago

Talk to journalist or journalism major and they will tell you that the media and newspapers plays a large role in determining what is relevant to consumers...and a lot of that is based on how a story is featured. If it is buried in the classifieds, meh, must not be important.

Jimo 7 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, someone just today was shocked when learning of the disaster in Japan after a chance remark from others. She said, "What?!? Why didn't I hear about this? Was it hidden in the back page of the Lawrence Journal-World?" To be sure, I scolded her for not scanning every column inch of the paper to fill the void of the information bubble in her life.

grandnanny 7 years, 3 months ago

While I do believe that the story about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan should have been front page news, I also realize that any story the LJW could have given us would have already been "old news." With so much happening so fast, I would want something more up-to-the-minute - unfortunately, the LJW morning paper is at best four or five hours old. So, I agree that the best stories for the LJW would be first person accounts, news from our sister city, interviews with KU students studying in Japan, etc.

Majestic42 7 years, 3 months ago

The LJW is a LOCAL paper and should be covering LOCAL events. The AP wire content is fine, yes, but it should not be considered an adequate source of international news. That's what CNN, NPR, FOX, MSNBC, the NYTimes, USAToday and so on are for.

Majestic42 7 years, 3 months ago

Very true. If they can find a local peg, that would make for an outstanding story. Very good point.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

In other news: "...Dangerous levels of radiation leaking from a crippled nuclear plant forced Japan to order 140,000 people to seal themselves indoors Tuesday after an explosion and a fire dramatically escalated the crisis spawned by a deadly tsunami. In a nationally televised statement, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said radiation had spread from the four stricken reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant along Japan’s northeastern coast. The region was shattered by Friday’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami that is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people, plunged millions into misery and pummeled the world’s third-largest economy. Via Mike Allen’s newsletter, we see in the first line how the leader of the free world will spend his day during this awful crisis: President Obama is taping his NCAA picks today, and they’ll be revealed tomorrow on ESPN...."


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