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The First 13 Minutes Were All Bad…Does it Really Have to Be that Way?!

A few weeks ago, I was watching a local newscast and noticed something that seemed a little odd to me! Story after story after story involved: murder, child abduction, fighting overseas, bad weather, airplane crash, terrorist threat and many other not-so-nice things! This went on for 13 minutes! Yes, 13 minutes of bad news! I will admit: I don’t usually watch the local news but couldn’t they fit in one feel good story about someone donating money to a charity to build a school? Or someone winning a special award? Or someone celebrating a 90th birthday or a 75th wedding anniversary?!

If I were producing a local newscast I would make sure that within the first 3 minutes there was at least one nice story! One story that would make people feel good!

What do you think?

  • Have you noticed this?
  • Does only bad news help ratings?
  • What would you do differently if you were producing the news?

I look forward to reading your comments.

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