Here’s a piece from THE GLOBE AND MAIL, a fine Canadian newspaper… whose standards are slipping.
To say the least.
Nathan Vanderklippe, a Calgary-based correspondent, filed the following report about a family enjoying a new Canadian statutory holiday, Family Day. Here’s the excerpt that caught my eye…
“Family Day is a great time to everyone together and sort of remember why we have families and got married,’ says Ms. Sanrina Stoushnow, who is planning even more festivities for the Monday holiday; a campfire in the garage, with some 20 neighbours to roast marshmallows and slap together s’mores.”
A campfire in the garage?
Seriously? Twenty neighbours,a family of four, one very clueless reporter, an editor and ancillary staff, and NO ONE caught this little detail?
Do know what a truly clever reporter could have done with something like this? These people were a gift from the Almighty, and Mr. Vanderklippe just threw them away. Sure, he landed the front page – with a fluff piece that floats off the page – but he could have crafted a truly fun piece to read that actually resonates with people.
Newspapers are dying out, Vanderklippe, you could have struck a blow for their survival.
Oh well, at least this piece made for great blog fodder.