Posted by: kklist | January 29, 2016

Flint Journal Shies on Water Story

Hi—Again—Ethics,

Here’s yet another example of a local newspaper owning a significant local story:

Journalists from The Flint Journal have doggedly reported the Flint water story blow by excruciating blow, for more than two years. From the politics to the public health implications to the impact on residents of this hurting city, there has been no development that has gone unreported or unexplained.

More than 500 stories were reported in the past two years. But was anyone paying attention to the coverage?

It had less total readership over 12 months than the Michigan-Michigan State football game. A routine weather story on our site is read by three times as many people as a Flint water story. And that’s even after national attention was stoked in the past month.

The national media are in Flynt now, but:

The Flint Journal has been here from the start, and we’ll be here when they leave. We aren’t borrowing this story, we own it.

VERY COOL!

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