>How far should coverage goPosted: November 2, 2007
>Sorry I haven’t been blogging here much lately. We had a death in the family, and life still has that unreal quality, if you know what I mean.
Meanwhile, let’s talk about news coverage. I live in Oregon. My father lives in San Jose. They had a big earthquake there on Tuesday night. At 5.6, it wasn’t as bad as the 1989 Loma Prieta quake (which I experienced), but it felt as big to most people, and there’s a quite a mess to clean up. Plus they keep getting aftershocks and scientists are warning this could trigger a much bigger quake on another fault. I wouldn’t have known about it at all except for a trailer running at the bottom of the TV screen while I was watching “House” on Fox. Nothing on CNN or the other channels. One paragraph on an inside page in The Oregonian. I realize we’re 700 miles away, but a lot of us came from the Bay Area or have loved ones there. It’s Silicon Valley with approximately 2 million residents. Does that not deserve bigger coverage out of state? What do you think?
Sometimes our media drive me nuts because it seems the whole world revolves around Portland, Oregon, and we don’t even live there. I have to wait for our biweekly newspaper to find out anything going on right here on the coast. Since they got bought up by a big corporation and cut the news staff in half, I may not even find it there.
How is it where you live? Are they covering what you think they should?