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Stories you can't do

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Anyone think of any stories you can't do?

    I've thought of one, the local Chamber of Commerce's undemocratic method of selecting a board. Board members have to be nominated by a committee of current board members and then voted on in an up-and-down vote.

    Not a big hitter news item, but I don't think it could get published.
  2. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of pitching a story to a local paper about the local community college holding a viewing of the Michael Jackson funeral in its movie theater. However, I never saw more than about 20-some people in that room at any one time.

    I couldn't justify it as a story even if I tried.
  3. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Stories that criticize your own editors, publishers, parent company. Those would get ya fired.
  4. Karl Hungus

    Karl Hungus Member

    Funny you say that: this story was about the five people who showed up at a local movie theater to watch Michael Jackson's funeral.

  5. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    Comparing prices at local grocery stores.

    Sell-it yourself real estate tips
  6. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Anything that may be seen as unflattering to a car dealer.
  7. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    Or major sponsors.
    Or potential sponsors.
  8. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    I was working at newspaper that couldn't run a story about two car dealers shooting at each other on the lot. The newspaper happened to be on the same street as the car dealership. Everyone in the newsroom heard the gunshots. But since the car dealership was an advertiser, nothing every happened on Creekside Road. Move along. Nothing to see here.
  9. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Sports guy at my station once said "Car dealers are so sleazy..." on the air, as he was chatting with the news anchor as they began the sports segment.

    If I recall the chain of events properly, the GM suspended him, then ordered him to write personal letters of apology to every single car dealer that advertised on our air.

    Once he had written all of the letters and mailed them off... the GM fired him.
  10. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    Radio station GMs. The talk about sleaze begins there.
  11. gutenberg

    gutenberg Guest

    A college women's assistant basketball coach turning down a head job at a D-I program because she was "married" to the high-powered women's basketball coach she was working under and the high-powered coach nixed it, not wanting her "spouse" several hundred miles away.
  12. Rockbottom

    Rockbottom Active Member

    Once wanted to write a profile of a hugely successful D-2 volleyball coach, who was "married" to his male assistant - who both lived in my complex.

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