Thursday, 25 November 2010

What That Degree In Journalism Will Lead To….

It’s not often I quote the whole article from a local on-line newspaper, but I’m going to make an exception for this one:
Passengers had to get off a bus in York after a safety alert.

The First York No1 service was heading from Holgate through the city centre yesterday morning when it was forced to stop at York Station after a light on the vehicle’s dashboard flashed on to indicate there was a possible technical problem.

It was taken back to the company’s depot and no fault was found. The passengers had to wait for the next bus on the route.
Yup, that’s it. That’s the sum total of this fascinating news item: ‘Bus driver notices warning light. Takes bus out of service’.

Imagine the enormity of the soul-destroying task of writing copy for the ‘York Press’ for any bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduate who dreamed of becoming the next Woodward or Bernstein…

Students! Better not spend too much time raising hell at demos. Or this is what your ‘journalism’ degree may get you.

If you’re lucky…

14 comments:

staybryte said...

Heh.

There's also the drudgery of writing trade press news in briefs, or the ultimate horror of the "Big Cheque" handover in the local free sheets....

Pressing matters said...

But think of what fun the sub editor can have writing the headline can have:

Number One Zero

or, simply,

Bus Stop

(This Yorkie story though probably beats my favourite, which made the front page of my weekly local paper years ago, when a news story told of how a man who had just passed his driving test celebrated by taking his family on a short drive up the A1)

Luke said...

Tell me about it, I'd argue that even the campus newspapers at the University here are better than the local rags, and that's giving them more credit than they're due :/

Mind you, they occasionally do get a big story; there was recently one about a student here who was arrested and pleaded guilty for possessing and making child pornography. That one went down well on campus...

allcoppedout said...

In similar vein AP, we might have the following story.

MPs and Peers stealing public money like elephants loose at your water-hole. They insist on sorting it out between themselves. Expect a scapegoat no change.

What colour was the warning light and did it blink? Have the passengers and driver had counselling?

Michael Fowke said...

They would be better off starting a blog.

MTG said...

Dash good stuff like this has all the hallmarks of a BBC Christmas Special.

Captain Haddock said...

Aww c'mon ..

This is York after all ..

The last time anything exciting happened there , the Press reported it as ..

"Legionary suffers caligae "blow-out" at marching pace" ...

Anonymous said...

I live in York and this is nothing new to us. The Press is famous for stories of this quality.

Anonymous said...

I treasure this story- reproduced in its entirety- from the Watford Observer in 2003.


"ROGER" TO MAKE A SPECIAL DELIVERY

A 1936 narrow boat owned by the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust is to deliver a full load of recycled paper to Paper Trail at Frogmore Mill in Apsley.

The paper will be loaded at Hanwell next Friday and transported on narrow boat, Roger, along the Grand Union Canal and unloaded for processing on Sunday, August 17th.

The boat will stop off at Batchworth Lock at lock 81 in Rickmansworth on Tuesday, August 12, where children will add more recycled paper to the load.

JuliaM said...

"This Yorkie story though probably beats my favourite, which made the front page of my weekly local paper years ago, when a news story told of how a man who had just passed his driving test celebrated by taking his family on a short drive up the A1"

Awww, bless! :)

"...even the campus newspapers at the University here are better than the local rags, and that's giving them more credit than they're due :/"

Perhaps they have something the rags lack. Enthusiasm?

"What colour was the warning light and did it blink? Have the passengers and driver had counselling?"

A full enquiry is surely called for...

"This is York after all ..

The last time anything exciting happened there , the Press reported it as ..

"Legionary suffers caligae "blow-out" at marching pace" ..."


Heh!

"I treasure this story..."

Funny. This one, the bus story, the driving test pass story...

I see a common denominator here. ;)

banned said...

A visitor pointed to our local rag and commented "Must be Monday, sad baby story on the front page"
We agreed that the paper must have a file of 'sad baby stories' so they they prep Mondays edition on Friday afternoon before they all go home for the weekend.

Until not so long ago things were so quiet that they listed Court cases against those who had been done for not having a TV licence.

Another thing that irritates me about local papers is when they run a national story (days late) with some spurious local connection like the dead mans brother in law once lived locally.

Captain Haddock said...

Don't get me wrong .. I love York, in fact its probably my favourite English City .. with fantastic street names like "Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate" ..

But its not a place of high drama ..

Another couple of good ones for the local rag might be ..

"Claim by local Chocolatier found to be false .. An in-depth & far-reaching investigation has revealed that Terry's "All Gold" isn't .. it is in fact all chocolate (with hard centres)" ..

Or ...


"Infamous Highwayman hanged in York .. Legendary outlaw, murderer & horse thief Richard (Dick) Turpin was today hanged at the Knavesmire, following a lengthy confinement in cells at York Castle" ..

AntiCitizenOne said...

May you not live in interesting times.

JuliaM said...

"Another thing that irritates me about local papers is when they run a national story (days late) with some spurious local connection like the dead mans brother in law once lived locally."

Oooh, me too.

"May you not live in interesting times."

:D