Hitting too close to home
February 18, 2008
Being a hyper-local newspaper, decisions are made daily about what to put in the Sierra Sun.
Unless a person tunes out all news from Truckee-Tahoe and every place else, it’s difficult not to see and hear what’s happening, like the senseless murders at Northern Illinois University. Despite the magnitude of that tragedy, it likely will not be in your newspaper because you’ve already seen it ” perhaps seen it over and over ” on CNN or another news outlet.
It’s even unusual for us to run news stories about happenings in Reno unless, of course, a local is directly affected. Such is the case in the senseless shooting death of Truckee’s Coogan Kelly last October at a Halloween party.
A Reno story that’s seen recent national headlines was the disappearance of Brianna Denison, whose body was found Friday after she was abducted nearly a month ago. While we haven’t inundated readers with coverage of the Denison case, we’ve carried a story that focused on North Tahoe college students involved in the search for Brianna.
But knowing now that a serial rapist and murderer is in the region and that there is palpable fear hanging over the University of Nevada, Reno campus, where more than a few area residents take classes, it should make even the most locally oriented among us think a little more broadly.
The fact is whether or not such stories run in the Sierra Sun, senseless acts of violence occur too close to home. We, at times, can forget that, with week after week of headlines on bear break-ins, snow storms or land conservation.
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But while we are often sheltered from the harsh realities of many other communities around the nation, we must not become myopic.
Crime, as we’ve seen in the tragic cases of Coogan and Brianna, can hit too close to home.
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