2011-05-13 / Letters

Print Only The Happy News

Dear Editor,

Each week, I receive The Wave newspaper, and each week I ask myself, “Why is it that the first thing I see is a glaring headline on the front cover of some sort of violent crime or morbid accident photo that has occurred during the past week??

How is it that the stomping murder of a good samaritan THAT TOOK PLACE IN THE BRONX is put before a beautiful photo of our boardwalk, which truly represents our proud community?

Whenever I visit somewhere, I always grab the local paper ... if someone visited here and read the paper, why would they ever want to think of raising their children here if the first thing they see is a horrendous headline? Why not headline only “feel good” type articles going on in the peninsula?

The accurate representation of 3/4 of what Rockaway is all about should be highlighted, not 73 pages into the paper. (e.g.: the young Roxbury girl who placed second in the entire country for girls U9 for SKIING!). Please try this; I am sure sales will remain the same, if not improve greatly. Screaming headlines of crimes that happen in the Bronx have no place in our local paper.


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Sadly, sensational news sells

Sadly, sensational news sells papers. Every newspaperman knows this. The fact that The Wave actually covers local children/accomplishments is to it's credit. If you survey other papers you'll see that nobody has similar coverage. A plane crashes on the beach, a murder is picked up in the Hammels, people robbed at gun point; are the headlines that the readership responds to. Perhaps, criticism should be leveled towards them for their prurient focus too. The Wave is simply providing what they want. I do agree, at times it can go overboard, but we can hardly blame them.

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