What if you picked up a magazine and it had not one article or photo of Brad and Angie? If you didn't have to read about Jennifer Aniston's agony over losing the love of her life? A celebrity rag without a single Kardashian in it...could that be possible?
I'm not into the celeb thing--I guess you can tell. But there are only so many ways to say the same thing, Celebrity "news" are the top-of-the-line keywords in the media. Celebrity hits number uno in SEO (search engine optimization).
What if you could pick up a newspaper and read about the quiet, selfless acts of people in your community? Real people who go to work every day, raise families and just try to make it paycheck to paycheck--they are the backbone of the community and the nation.
How about a program featuring people who are building their own homes, along with neighbors and friends, in the Habitat for Humanity program? Does it really have to be a million dollar mansion to get our attention?
If it isn't sensationalism, it doesn't seem to sell--at least that's what media moguls would have us believe. Would you pick up a magazine or newspaper that had articles about everyday people in it?
**Fellow freelance writers**: This blog entry is targeted at mainstream media. It is with their headlines and audio and video snippets that they show the public what is to be considered newsworthy. I neither intended nor meant to bash my freelance peers.