On what's news and what isn't

On May 14, the Daily Freeman of Kingston, N.Y. published a whimsical story, which sparked some criticism and lively discussion about what's news and what isn't.


  1. The story is about a ticketing man who ticketed the mayor getting a ticket.
  2. A little journalism 101 here on what makes a story newsworthy. The criteria is simple, and though the names vary, it comes down to impact (how relevant or how many people are affected), timeliness (when), proximity (how close to you), prominence, unusual and whimsical or human interest. This story falls into the latter category.
  3. Here's some reaction on Facebook after the story was posted.
  4. Maybe not "newsworthy" but its quite funny
  5. That's hysterical! Good for him for commenting that he knew he was wrong and deserved the ticket. Too funny!
  6. Of course it's newsworthy. And it is hilarious. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
  7. He's the same one that ticketed the mayor twice. Yes its hilarious but seriously there is more important news in this city. And I bet it makes the front page too. But yet numerous amounts of people are worried about losing jobs due to hospital and school closing.
  8. On Twitter, you could see a similar thread after the story was posted
  10. Since I'm not one to escape a trolling invitation (I have also met Kevin in real life), I chose to address the issue. First with some online numbers.
  11. It The 'hospital thingy' is the ongoing story (or series of stories) posted below. School elections took place May 15. The point is that we're not dropping coverage whenever we do a quicky whimsical feature, not that we're going for numbers. Look at this, for example:
  12. To the other criticism:
  13. (For the record. I, myself, am not a newspaper, but you get the point).
  14. Following are a series of criticism that try to address newsworthiness.