Important News Items From a Government Source
The purpose of all news reporting is to inform the public. News is not newsworthy if it is not relevant and up to date with the current events. For example, an example of useless news would be a married couple announcing that they have been married. In this case the public would have no need to know more about the wedding except for what the newspaper has to report. Therefore newspapers must take great care in choosing what news to report and how to report it because the public has a right to know if a story is true or not.
When writing about Connecticut, newspapers should keep in mind the general public as well as the specific readers they are trying to reach. A good example would be the New York Times, which is widely read by people from the upper classes in Manhattan to lower class New Jersey residents. An example of useless news would be a New Jersey Superior Court Judge ordering a drug manufacturer to create a generic version of its painkiller OxyContin. Such news would have absolutely no bearing on anyone outside the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore the New York Times went to great lengths to make sure that the story was actually newsworthy and followed the law by publishing the story after a certain amount of time.
Another example would be The Washington Post, which is widely known as the newspaper of record for the United States. While it is true that much of the news they publish is not considered newsworthy by most in the general public, the fact remains that many people who purchase this product do so with the intent of using it as soon as possible. This is where antedating becomes relevant. A new paper that is born with antedating as part of its identity will likely succeed.
An example of successful antedating would be The New York Times and the newspaper that came to be known as the New York Times after amalgamation with the New Yorker. The combined entity was formed as a result of the merger in order to increase revenues. During the first few years when the new entity was formed it focused primarily on business related news, something that it had never published before. As it became more successful the paper began to incorporate non-business news and this trend did not stop.
When looking at the question of validity of news items, it is important to remember that not everything that is reported is news. When something becomes news, it is usually because it has a significant meaning to those reporting on the event. For example, when the government of Pakistan announced that bin Laden was dead, it was considered news. However, when Pakistani citizens discussed his death they noted that he was indeed dead, therefore the original report was newsworthy. In other words, it provided information to readers that had a significant meaning to the reporting.
As an example, consider the following article from the Chicago Daily Herald. Quoting from an unnamed source; “The administration and secretary of state are considering declaring Pakistan as an enemy state and removing its ambassador to the United States,” according to the article. In other words, they are considering labeling Pakistan as an international terrorist organization and removing its ambassador to the United States. It was also noted that the timing of this move is dependent upon whether or not Iran is granted access to Pakistani soil. This is considered to be completely unacceptable meaning that it could result in war between the two countries which would be a declaration of war by both parties.