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How should the Mayan thing be played tomorrow (and today)?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Although most of the conversation is completely tongue-in-cheek, obviously the alleged end of the Mayan calendar is the talk of the town right now.

    So how should newspapers and mainstream newscasts and Web sites play it? How should they cover it? Can you really pretend that it's not A1 news? Or news at all?

    What's everyone think?
  2. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    I think if the world hasn't ended by 8 p.m. ET tonight, the cable networks and news sites can give the all clear and we can stop worrying, since it'll be late morning already in Australia and you'd think the end of the world would have started by then.
  3. We are always taught to spin our stories forward. But if there is no forward, how do we do that?
  4. To be fair, the Mayans lived in central time. Still hope yet.
  5. Screwball

    Screwball Member

    This way: http://jimromenesko.com/2012/12/20/morning-report-121/bang/
  6. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Shouldn't it have been played, if at all, today, since it coincides with the solstice, which is 4:11 a.m. MST.
  7. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    You gotta put the picture up on that one.

  8. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    A 124-point headline:

    Life Goes On
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    We are finding the doomsday folks don't want to be interviewed today because they are unhappy with the way they've been portrayed in the media.

    Poor little nutbags.
  10. Ookpik

    Ookpik New Member

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  11. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    Minor point of order: The Mayan long-count calendar is ending. That doesn't necessarily equate to the end of the world, though -- the calendar just resets, much like the new calendar with fluffy kittens we all put up each January.

    Personally, I'd spend the entire front page/A block/what have you taking the piss out of everyone who gave this foofery any credence. As that might come across as slightly mean-spirited, however, you could lead with a pithy story on how, oddly enough, the world didn't actually end and add a nice sider or infographic on the Doomsday predictions that haven't worked out (which would be all of them). Then you move on to things that actually did happen.
  12. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    The earth is five billion years old. There is a one in 1.8 trillion chance we are going down tomorrow.

    Ron Swanson is carving $300 dollar flutes as we type.
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