Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Covering Hollywood scandals

A new national survey by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press found that nine in 10 Americans think scandals involving celebrities receive too much media coverage. Only 2 percent of the respondents think the scandals get too little attention. Eight percent said current coverage is about right.
Of those who think coverage of celebrities behaving badly is overdone, 54 percent of them blamed the media.
We strive to keep celebrity coverage in its proper place. On the one hand, many readers love to find out the latest gossip about their favorite stars. But there is an equally large number of readers who think such news has no place in our paper. To provide Hollywood news without going overboard, we anchor such items on Page 2 of our main news section under the Espresso heading. That is where we ran the recent news of Paris Hilton's jail experience, for example.
Some readers have asked why celebrity news has to be on Page 2 and not farther back in the paper. The answer is that often such news breaks late, so we cannot push it deeper into the issue. We need to put it on one of the pages that we can move late in the evening.
_ Tad Weber

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't really care to see any information about celebrities. They just happen to have money and some do have talent. The thing with money I've noticed,the more they have the worse they dress. What talents do Nicole Ritchie and Paris Hilton have that we need to be kept aware of everything that's going on in their lives.Brittany Spears talent, what talent ? Find a place for her in the woods someplace to grow up. Let her get a minimum wage job and learn how to balance a budget.They have oodles of money but don't know what to do with it other than act like fools.That goes for all those rap music guys who always have to yank up their pants and swear in their songs too.