Athens, Georgia -- the home of Bulldogs, bands, and beer.
I didn't see the story. I don't know Justin Farmer. I haven't watched local TV news in this century. Sensationalism and sober, careful reporting have co-existed in journalism throughout its history. My impression is that sensationalism has waxed and professionalism has waned over the past two decades as media companies, first to make more money and now to make any money at all, have pressured their news operations to be profit centers. The internet, giving everyone the tools of journalism, now threatens not just particular news institutions, but journalism itself as a distinct enterprise. One of the potential avenues of survival for journalism might be to throttle back on the sensationalism and to offer careful, accurate reportage that the rest of us will recognize as a valuable commodity. Kudos to Mr. McAfee. Maybe he'll help lead the way. RDB (ABJ, Broadcast News, 1971)
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