A regional news journalist has hit out at readers who comment with the words “slow news day” in comments threads.
Blimey. Slow news day in Exeter. https://t.co/FZQ5EGV4sv
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) June 14, 2018
In his piece, Jeff wrote: “No other three words will get journalists furiously snapping their pens or banging their heads against their keyboards more quickly and earnestly.
“In an era when our output attracts instant reaction via social media, these three little words arrive most days on our Facebook posts, tweets or email inbox, getting reporters’ and editors’ backs up faster than a press release saying ‘I just wanted to reach out to you to…’
“But they couldn’t be farther from the truth. In increasingly straitened times for all businesses, ours is no exception, and in reality our hard-pressed hacks are constantly toiling at a breakneck pace to bring you all manner of news, all day and for much of the night.
“We’re there from the time most people are just swinging at their alarm clocks to late into the evening, and beyond.”
Jeff went on to cite instances of out-of-hours reporting including a live blog of a fire which was being run by Cornwall Live reporters at 1am.
He added: “Our dedicated bands of journalists are working flat out – probably as you read this – to publish up to 90 stories a day. While they’re not always going to be to everyone’s taste, that’s hardly a ‘slow news day’.
“But this is still the knee-jerk reaction from some of our Facebook followers when a post pops up in their timeline which they deem a waste of, well, time.”
Adding that “thousands of people” had read the David Baddiel story, Jeff continued: “That exemplifies how we make every effort to ensure that everything we publish has an audience. That audience may not be you in every instance.
“Yet some will still tap ‘slow news day’ into their phone or computer without a clue as to just how much news we have produced.”