But gradually, the interest from readers began to eclipse the interest from other journalists and a subtle shift began to take place in our newsroom priorities. A good example was our coverage of the UK government’s health reforms, whichmany readers felt didn’t do justice to the worrying revolution facing one of Britain’s national treasures. We initially responded by ramping up ourlive coverage of the two-day NHS debate in the House of Lords – attracting over 1,000 comments. But we also asked ourhealth reporter to do a bit of digging and list today an upcoming story on how cuts have already begun to hit services.
I’m tired of watching newspapers and news organization justify their downward spirals into triviality and TMZ-style celebrity crap by saying that’s what readers want, when they often have no more data than a “most e-mailed” stat from their cluttered, ugly web sites.