Yesterday I asked who wore it best, referring to how the state’s newspapers covered and displayed the overturning of the same-sex marriage ban. Most people who commented said, Greensboro, Asheville or Raleigh. All good choices.
My favorite was Greensboro — yes, that’s my paper — for three reasons: The headline — We do — was imaginative and tells the story perfectly; the photo is joyous and, by the men showing their rings, symbolic; and the stories were perfect. I liked Raleigh’s a lot, but thought the headline was traditional and the photo of the men kissing would alienate readers unnecessarily.
(What surprised me the most was the number of papers that did not give the story any front page treatment.)
Several newspapers continued to cover the ramifications of the ruling today. All interesting, all worth reading:
The News & Observer looks at the political impact. It comes to no conclusion, and the expected people make the expected comments, yet, it’s still interesting to watch the spin being spun. The Charlotte Observer gives the reaction of churches, particularly whether they will marry gay and lesbian couples. Naturally, it’s mixed. The News & Record takes the long view, examining how far the state has come. While it seems as if the tide turned quickly, in reality it was a long, arduous fight.
That’s not all the good journalism in the state’s papers, though:
Charlotte — Paying college athletes is picking up steam, and the Observer outlines the pros and cons. (TV and the NCAA has crammed “student athletes” down our throats. Why don’t we refer to student musicians or student journalists?)
Greensboro — The News & Record continues its outstanding coverage of problems at UNCG that resulted in the arrest of several employees for theft — basically the theft of time. UNCG has bungled the case from the start, and the N&R looks at how it all evolved.
Burlington — I was a Rotarian for 15 years, even serving on the board, which goes to show that sometimes even a civic club isn’t a good judge of character. But I digress. The Times-News reports that civic clubs in Alamance County — and likely across the state — are struggling to attract younger members. (My sense is that millennials are interested in the same civic do-gooderism, but are less interested in the process the clubs use.)
Winston-Salem — Moral Monday and Tea Party protesters, watch out. You know that the police drone which is hovering above the rally — or your house, for that matter — is legally spying on you? I didn’t, until I read the Journal’s story. “Local and state law enforcement agencies don’t have drones yet. But they will soon. When that time comes, legislation passed in August by the N.C. General Assembly will allow city police, county sheriffs and state law enforcement agencies to use drones to take photographs of open-invitations gatherings without obtaining a warrant, even if the gathering is on private property.”