Thursday, April 27, 2017

Presenting a balanced picture of young people

We're on a bit of a roll this week when it comes to featuring good kids.

That brings a smile to this editor's day, because it gives me ammunition to one of the biggest complaints I hear every day about our coverage, especially when it comes to young people.

"How come there is so much bad news in the Daily Times?"

The easy answer is because that's what people read.

But that's not enough.

That's one of the reasons I am always looking for a way to feature kids doing good things.

Just last Sunday, we devoted the lead of our front page, as well as four pages inside to our annual All-Delco Hi-Q team. These are our best and brightest, one member from each team that participates in the nation's oldest scholastic quiz competition, Hi-Q.

Those kids, along with the 19 educators selected for the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Awards, will be honored tonight at the Partners in Education gala at the Drexelbrook. It will be my honor to represent the Daily Times there as one of the sponsors.

It's not every day I get to stand in a room of 600 or more people who for the most part have nice things to say about the newspaper. Then yesterday we used two more pages to feature the young people who have been selected to receive scholarships from the Taylor Foundation. You can read all about them here.

It's easy to run stories about kids doing bad things. It takes a little more effort to make sure that image is not skewed, to make sure you are presenting a balanced image of young people.

I think we have done that this week.

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