Posted by: Ciaran | May 13, 2010

Slipping quietly back in to obscurity

It’s amazing how quickly something very significant can just fall off the news agenda. Obviously once it’s no longer ‘new’ in any real sense it becomes little more than a diary date, convenient to flit back to for an “on this day” perspective and maybe the occasional piece charting what has happened since.

Take, for instance, the Haiti earthquake of January 12 this year. It got almost blanket news coverage for days, running on the front page of the national newspapers and precipitating a huge outpouring of donations.

But then, slowly, despite the 230,000 estimated deaths and the rebuilding campaign led by Wyclef Jean, the earthquake was overtaken by ‘new’ news stories.

It’s unsurprising and, in a journalistic sense, perfectly reasonable to stop reporting once there is substantially little new about a story to say.

But it is a reminder of how fickle the market for news is that something which will take generations and generations for a country to recover from is, just four months after it happened, almost invisible in the media.

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