We asked you if you felt Thanet’s local news was balanced and fair or biased and skewed. Most of you said that you felt the news was biased and skewed.
I rather fear that the underlying cause of any bias in local reporting is down to a paucity of news sources. News in print is run by a single company these days. Online news is slightly better. There’s us at Thanet Star, The Isle of Thanet News, the online version of the print news, and a few other blogs.
That lack is part of why I find Kathy’s Isle of Thanet news blog so exciting. Her journalistic background has enabled her to bring a level of reporting to her blog that I simply don’t know how to achieve. If I did, I would have done so. I’d love to know how she does it.
While I might not know how to cover the news quite to Kathy’s level the survey left me wondering. Is there some way that I could bring more balance to news coverage in Thanet? Is that something I am able to do? If I am how would I do it?
The more I thought about that question the more I started to wonder what the nature of the bias in local news reporting might be. In the end, I felt that I had over thought the question but gotten nowhere with it.
I figured that I would simply open the floor to our readers. Perhaps a discussion and some input from you fine people might help me figure this out.
- Is local reporting really biased?
- If so, in what way is it biased?
- Are there issues that are not covered well, or excluded?
- What issues or points of view do you feel need better attention?
- What, if anything, could Thanet Star do to redress the balance?
Let me know what you think in the comments below.