It is just news – the latest in mass health care news. The Miami-Dade County Public Health Department says there have been eight confirmed cases of non-natural diabetes. That number includes two patients who have died. There is also news that the hospital where one of those victims was treated has increased its staff by seven full-time workers. No cause for that increase has been determined.
A statement issued this week by the public health department in Connecticut says the patient, whose name is withheld, developed kidney disease over the past five years. That case is being investigated. Other strange health cases this week include an ovarian cancer patient in Ohio and a spinal cord injury victim in Minnesota. It is the kind of news that elicit a lot of emotional response from the public, but the implications go way beyond that. This means that some of the stories are not as unusual as they might seem at first glance.
A public-relations company that is part of a major network has come up with a plan to deal with all the unusual news that hits their websites this week. They have started a searchable database to allow anyone to search for certain keywords to see which stories appear most frequently in relation to their own searches. So, for example, if someone searches for “cancer man bites” then that will bring up stories about medical topics, cancer treatments, cancer prevention and more. That is part of their plan, and it certainly expands the news coverage to the point where unusual stories are more well-known than was previously the case. It is a smart move on the part of a company hoping to bolster the reputation of their news outlets.
That plan is a clever idea, but it does raise questions. Why would a news anchor focus on breaking news stories? They could instead be covering stories about current events. But you wouldn’t expect a news anchor to do both, especially since that type of reporting typically requires more reporting and more time. It seems like a mistake to make, since they are supposed to be experts on what they are reporting on, not just reporters.
There’s another possibility, though, and that’s that the news anchor or news directors are simply being more timely with their reporting. Perhaps they are working harder to beat the news. Many news anchors actually work harder during the day to prepare a newscast for when it goes out live. This means that they are actually researching the latest information and facts before going live to the air. They might also take notes and research past news stories in order to be ready to report on the newscast. This means that they can possibly be reporting on new information before it becomes public and therefore, be more in-tune with the current events happening around town and country.
Other news anchors might actually be watching the news at a different place. For example, you might have your local news anchors watching the news from the studio or your home. This might be due to their job description, which requires them to be constantly watching the feeds from various news outlets so that they will know what is going on. They can then relay this information to their viewers in real time, without having to worry about going off-air and getting stuck in traffic. Or maybe they have someone else in their family who is constantly on the news and they are watching the news with them while they are not home.
If you look back at the last few decades, you might remember the very popular “cuomo” in Spanish, which was used as a way for people in New Mexico to get the latest scoop on the TV. But recently, “cuomo” has been co-opted by other news networks. So, how exactly does this new style of news fit in the future? In a word: Everything. Newscasts have changed dramatically over the last decade, and it is only natural that news agencies are looking to change, or at least evolve, their formats in order to keep up with the times.
So if you’re a reporter who is dying to get your news stories into the public eye, there’s no better time than now to try and learn new skills and practice what you’ve learned. Because the news is always changing, it’s always worth practicing and studying new ways of telling it, and that includes the ways in which you’re going to tell it. These are just some of the many things that we’re antedating now.