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Editorial: Why is this news?

News. It’s about as subjective a word as any.

What’s news to you, might not be news to your neighbor. What’s news to your children is more than likely not going to be a blip on your news radar. And what you flip to on television news or inside a newspaper is more than likely to elicit a yawn from your teenager.

And more than any other news category, community news is the most subjective.

Just as diverse as the community it represents, community news items can mean everything or nothing to those who read this newspaper or visit our website.

More likely than not, as you turn the pages of today’s Darien Times, at one point you will say to yourself, “Why is this news?”

But we work for the community. And if something is of concern to members of this community, it becomes community news, whether we like it or not.

And often, as members of this community, we don’t like it all.

Community news means local events and humanitarian organization’s achievements.

It is that feature on a current or former Darien resident trekking around the world. It means school bake sales and class trips and boy scouts and girl scouts. It means letters to the editor that can be controversial.

Community news can be good — weddings, births, graduations, promotions or awards.

And it can be bad — political disputes, obituaries, accidents, crimes and arrests.

Some people complain there is too much sports news, and some complain there isn’t enough.

Others analyze how many news words are devoted to one political party versus another.

If you are reading The Darien Times, you care about community news, and you have your own definition of that term. The entire newspaper will never satisfy that definition, and you might find some of it occasionally objectionable.

But that is our job.

Because we care about community news too.

All of it.

 

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