Monday, December 7, 2009

Focus on Passaic and Morris counties

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Today's edition of  The Record is another clear sign that news coverage has shifted west with the move of the newsroom to Woodland Park from Hackensack.

Half of Page 1 is devoted to a quality-of-life story affecting three families in far off  Ringwood, and there's another long Ringwood story inside the Local section. When is the last time you saw a long, illustrated story about a single Bergen County town on the front page? Or a quality-of-life story about Bergen families?

There are two Paterson stories, one about John F. Kennedy High School, and a Passaic story inside the Local section. When is the last time you read a story about Hackensack High School? Or about the quality of life in Hackensack? Monsy Alvarado, the poor woman assigned to cover Hackensack, ended a two-day streak of  having a story in the paper.

When you count up the bylines of  Star-Ledger reporters and reporters who work for the weeklies owned by North Jersey Media Group, you have to wonder what The Record's reporters are doing. Mostly, they are doing nothing right under the eyes of the lazy, incompetent editors.

The Star-Ledger stories are poorly done and often lack details. Or they seem irrelevant -- mere filler -- such as the story on Page A-4 about gunshots hitting a Morristown family's duplex; no one was hurt. When did the paper still known to many as  the Bergen Record start covering Morristown?

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