Star Tribune Editor: With the darkest news, we walk a fine line

  • Article by: NANCY BARNES , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 21, 2012 - 6:32 PM

We can't avoid gruesome stories, but we always discuss whether the presentation crosses a boundary.

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g55423Jul. 21, 12 9:29 PM

Never mind the story, how about that horrible picture of the grieving family at the worst moment in their lives.

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muggsh2oJul. 21, 1210:14 PM

Ms. Barnes - your editorial story is a farce. Its about selling newspapers and when the Star Tribune thinks they have to compete with internet bloggers and the CNNs, your presenting pictures and quotes that you think will sell your product. Shame on all of you.

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steavis61067Jul. 22, 12 1:25 AM

I think the Strib does their best to balance when it comes to violent crime (not so much on politics, but I digress). Yes, they need to sell papers and internet subscriptions to survive (welcome to America). There's a line between sensationalization and reporting, and I believe the Strib is on the correct side when it comes to reporting tragic stories.

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EleanoreJul. 22, 12 8:03 AM

I'd like to see an editorial department piece, not a letter from a citizen, addrsssing why the selecive commenting ability for crime related stories (loads for Amy Sensor, zero for SUV wielding murders). Is there any wonder why people see this papaer as far left leaning? No, there's not.

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bobblumenfelJul. 22, 12 9:49 AM

In addition, there's now the 24/7 global news syndrome. Any local paper, on any given day, can pick up a horrific story or a natural disaster taking place anywhere in the world. A child goes missing in Spain, as one did a few years ago, and, especially if there are pictures available to stir sympathy in readers, it becomes a headline story all around the country until it either comes to a conclusion or pales in relation to a fresher story. And that's what people seem to want. Today, good news is no news.

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iceman3Jul. 22, 1210:02 AM

the headline was beyond the pale.

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owatonnabillJul. 22, 12 2:12 PM

Quit with the melodramatic hand-wringing already! This piece of baloney has all the sincerity of Bill Clinton giving a lecture on chastity. "If it bleeds, it leads", and the Strib, both online and print versions, will continue to try to wring every last penny out of every last gruesome story. Two things about the Strib are about as predictible as the phases of the moon: Michele Bachmann's face and name will be plastered in about 17 places, and gruesomeness will rule the headlines. Both sell papers, I guess. Try being honest for a change.

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