Specht

Why do you always put negative news in the newspaper? I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question in my 25-plus years in the business. However, the answer may surprise you.

I often answer with a question of my own, “How you define what is negative?” The term news was defined by my father very early in my career. “News is timely information of interest to a broad range of people,” he said.

So, what makes some news “negative” and some news “positive?” That depends on

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