2012-01-27 / Editorial/Opinion

A Duty And Obligation To Report The News

The Wave is a newspaper like any other – a local version of the Daily News or the New York Times. That we are hyper-local and carry only news of Rockaway and Broad Channel does not diminish our role or our responsibility to provide our readers with full and impartial news, no matter where it leads. That sets us apart from community papers that publish only the good news and led to being named the Best Community Newspaper in New York City by the Village Voice a few years ago. The fact that we cover everything that comes across our transom also led to The Wave being named one of the best reasons to live in our city by New York magazine. We are often challenged in that regard. There are locals who are vociferous in their belief that negative stories should not be written about a specific class of residents, be they city servants, local teenagers or sexual offenders. There are others who advertise in The Wave that believe just as fervently that their advertising money buys them a “get out of jail free” card of sorts, that we can’t write negative stories about them because they advertise. None of that is true. At The Wave, there is a wall between the advertising and editorial departments. What happens in advertising has no impact on the decisions made by editorial. We have lost advertisers over the years by maintaining that wall, but that is what journalism should be about. The Wave regularly runs stories of residents who commit transgressions against the law, no matter what community they live in or what their family members do for a living. Despite the pressure to “spike” certain stories, they regularly show up on the front page. We pledge to our readers that The Wave will continue to follow the stories as they come, no matter who is involved, no matter what community they live in, as all newspapers should.

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