People living out of state, wanting to get Parkersburg News, Try WTAP, it has more than others!
As a daily reader of the News I am constantly surprised and bewildered at how news stories are laid out. For example in the News this morning-12/21/14- front page headline "Skating with Santa rolls to 37th year". Really does this belong on the front page of a serious newspaper? Meanwhile, buried back in section D page 7 is the story of 2 New York police officers executed in revenge for so called "police brutality" in Ferguson and New York. Then on Page 3A you devote nearly the entire top of page 3 Section A to protests in Ohio about the police shooting in Cleveland of a youth waving a toy gun. Where's the logic in this layout. Ms. Myer if you really want the News and Sentinel to become the Mid Ohio Valley's source of news you have to get a handle on this story layout. Thank you
So why do I pay $206 per year for a newspaper I do nothing but complain about? 1. The continuity; the thump on the porch which says the new day is beginning and maybe, just maybe, something interesting happened yesterday. 2. The police report. Real news. 3. Coverage and comprehension of county commission and city council affairs; WTAP fails miserably in this department. 4. I can still read the newspaper when the power is out.
I prefer the newspaper over WTAP but it really isn't much more than reprinted articles that were in other newspapers around the state yesterday, some fill, and the daily Mike Myer puff piece for his pal Shelley. I've been a subscriber since 1979 but lately its getting harder to write that subscription renewal check.
WTAP is a good source for local news.
If it were not for the police reports (the different police departments provide these free of charge)there would be very little local news. I would say the Parkersburg News and Sentinel is about 75% advertising. So basically you are paying for stuff that is free to the newspaper.
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