There Was An Earthquake In Wellington…

22 Jul

The Southland Times obviously don’t think the 6.5 earthquake in Wellington is newsworthy.  The earthquake article was relegated to page 2 and Kidzone was given the same amount of  space.  The NZ Herald may have overdone it with pages 1, 2 and 3 but at least it was treated with some importance.

No doubt it is a hard task to be relevant in an instant information world but not everyone is online.  I saw no mention of the hotel that has sunk 5 cm or cracks in the runway.  I don’t think I will bother reading anything but the letters to the editor from now on.

Three News embarrassed themselves last night also by having a Breaking News banner come across the screen at 9.00pm saying Wellington had been struck by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake.  I had just finished talking to my mother in Wellington and thought maybe it was another.  The announcer interrupts the ad break to inform us of the earthquake that had happened at 5pm and had been on the 6pm news.

If you are going to do something, at least try to do it properly, please.

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