Posted by Phil Andrews
Assigning items for news coverage is a subjective thing.
It's informed by all sorts of influences but it remains a very human process with all the good and fallability that comes with that.
One of the guiding notions wherever I have worked in journalism is that citizens judged to be prominent are to receive a closer degree of media scrutiny.
That's why, for example, we might report on a citizen deemed prominent being charged with a criminal offence -- and why we might not report on another, lesser known, local person being charged with the same offence.
Defining what classifies as prominent is an imprecise science as well.
This week, editors have caucused after learning of two, local, impaired driving cases disclosed by police that involved suspects with some degree of prestige.
In each case, those deliberations led to stories being generated.
I suspect we'll be questioned about why these stories were assigned and whether it's fair that other local impaired driving suspects charged this week aren't identified in our media reports.
Had we not reported on these cases, we would likely have been criticized as well.