Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tabloid news: Pregnant teen, older lover die

North Bergen Town Hall in North Bergen, New Je...Image via Wikipedia
North Bergen Township Hall, which some residents call a "Sacco of Woe."

Management has long tolerated relationships between older, male editors and young, female newsroom staffers.

So it's no surprise Page 1 today is filled with a poorly reported story on the death of a 42-year-old North Bergen trucker, his 18-year-old girlfriend and their 5-month-old fetus in a highway crash.

Editor Francis Scandale had three reporters working on this sensational tale, but it remains unclear when the couple began dating. 

No one quoted in the story raises an eyebrow at their relationship, even though the man also had a son and the boy's mother stashed in an apartment.  

One-track mind

Not content with an L-3 story on Wednesday, transportation reporter Karen Rouse rehashes the debut of a new NJ Transit locomotive on A-1 today, even though it won't go into service until the end of 2012.

In one of at least three screw-ups by the news copy desk, the headline incorrectly mentions "new rail cars" instead of "new locomotives." 

Hey, Liz Houlton, "choo-choo" would fit.

Meanwhile, Rouse continues to ignore decrepit, decades-old NJ Transit buses still plying local routes.

An NJ Transit ad on A-13 compares the cost of driving and taking the train into the city from Ramsey and Park Ridge. Amid high gas prices, why isn't the Woodland Park daily presenting such money-saving ideas to readers?

The heading on an A-20 editorial about Nicholas Sacco's three public jobs incorrectly calls him "school chief." He's only an assistant superintendent.

Broken Record

An A-1 story Wednesday on "seat licenses" at the New Meadowlands Stadium is followed by yet another tedious piece on L-1 today. Only desperate head Assignment Editor Deirdre Sykes considers this local news.

Who is the mystery woman who appears next to the defendant in the big photo on L-1 today? The caption doesn't say.

Searching for Monsy

Recently, Hackensack reporter Monsy Alvarado seems to have been filling in for a vacationing police reporter, hence her involvement in today's sensational Page 1 story.

Or maybe she's one of the few staffers who speaks fluent Spanish. In any case, coverage of Hackensack has suffered. But that's no different than when she's not filling in for another reporter.
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