Front page Journalism
What should get front page coverage in a newspaper? Really, what is it that should get written about on the front page of a newspaper? The latest developments in the political circles, the merger or acquisition news of Indian businesses, the state of Indian cricket or what the Supreme Court decided on a high profile case?
When one opens up a newspaper, what is the real intension of doing so? To become aware of what is happening in the world around us; to stay abreast with the developments that affect our lives, impact our lives, mould our thinking etc.
However what is provided to us are trivial things, things that are actually not newsworthy on one side & on another completely incorrect. An apt example of one such case would be the front page picture of actress Deepika Padukone & cricketer Yuvraj Singh in today’s (5/1/08) issue of Times of India.
The purpose of putting up the picture there on the front page is still not very comprehensible. What was so newsworthy about it? The question actually is what was so newsworthy about it that it needed a front page slot?
Doesn’t a respected national level newspaper have any respect for two individual’s need for privacy? Doesn’t a respected national level newspaper have any decency & think twice about publishing a very personal moment in two individual’s lives on the front page of their daily?
Come on Times of India, you could definitely do better than that. How could you fall to such levels?
One realizes that what sells today is soft news, but have a separate section for that. Bringing your Bangalore Times content to the front page of your main paper is taking it a bit too far.