I suppose the girl was the youngest to do it, which, if I can remember what I was
Isn't it wonderful to read a "good news" story on the front page? We have a lot of people doing wonderful things in this country and I love to read about them. It's the first thing I look for when I look at the newspaper in the morning, but too frequently don't find. It isn't that they aren't happening. It's just that they aren't reported, or they are hidden deep in the (sic) pare. Good for Natalie for having such amazing spirit and dedication to a good cause and to her own development. What a great role model she is for others! Thanks to the Star for reporting it. I hope to see more stories like this in the future. I do believe that great news DOES sell papers!
You tell ‘em Barb. Shame on The Star for informing the public about violence in troubled neighbourhoods, the plight of our soldiers in Afghanistan and shedding light on those that try to screw over new Canadians. Telling those stories is just negative.
Now don’t get me wrong, I can barely swim the length of a bathtub, so going all the way across Lake Erie is impressive to me. But I know it ain’t A1 important. It’s also pretty clear that Barb doesn’t have an ounce of news judgment.
Should Natalie Lambert’s story have been told? Sure, why not. But, The Star didn’t tell us her story. Instead it gave us the six-inch mail-it-in, just-who-can-I-talk-to-to-get-the-second-source-Torstar-requires-in-all-its-stories, treatment.
Barb’s only got it half right. By reporting on the swim as a news story, The Star sucked the soul of the thing out. Where this should have been placed was in the sports section. There, proper space could have been given to let us get to know Lambert. We could find out what makes her tick what it feels like to swim across a lake and what she gets from it. Stories like that win you Ontario Newspaper Awards. And, sports writers aren’t writing those types of stories near enough anymore.
By pandering to some sort of unwritten got-to-get-one-positive-story-a-day-on-the-front-page rule, everyone here loses. Something far more important gets pushed off the front of the paper and sports loses the chance to write a tare away piece that would add real value to the paper—and the type of article that can really only be written in a newspaper and that--if done well enough and enough, period—can start to make the daily sports section relevant again.
But, at least Barb is happy.