Overheard: Opinions on Local News Coverage

By Steve Byers

A recently overheard comment:

Man: “The Journal Sentinel really buried the story about about questionable voting totals in Waukesha County (97 percent in one election; Australia, where voting is mandatory, only gets 95 percent). It’s on a blog but not in the paper.”

Woman: “Doesn’t matter. Social media is all over it.”

That statement would alarm me if I were running the Journal Sentinel.

Steve Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication.

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