Rhode Island Tip Sheet: Did the media over-report the earthquake?
STATE OF THE MEDIA: TV news loves weather stories. Earthquakes might not be weather, but they’re still catnip to news organizations, particularly when they occur in places — Rhode Island, say, New York City and DC– that doesn’t normally experience them. When safety concerns cause people to leave government buildings and downtown offices, that qualifies as news. But earthquake-accustomed Left Coasters are still laughing at us. If there’s a takeaway here, perhaps it’s the media tendency to focus on stories that are somewhat dramatic, if less than earth-shaking, rather than chronic situations with a bigger toll. (But animals’ ability to foretell earthquakes is pretty cool.)
MEDIA I: Stephen Beale is leaving GoLocalRI.
MEDIA II: Jim Romenesko might not be a household name, but his Poytner Institute Web site has been a must-read for media-types ever since it launched. I remain grateful for how it offered a broader platform for my more frequent media reportage when I was at the Phoenix, and wish him well with his semi-retirement.
CHAFEE: The guv gets a win, for now, with Toray Plastics’ expansion. And he fires back at Senator Edward O’Neill for criticizing his effort to shield Jason Pleau from the death penalty.
BUY IN RI: Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian says the purchase of a property at Hoxsie Four Corners sets a per-square-foot price record for Rhode Island.
LIBYA: The conflict there set US gas prices rising, and restarting Libyan exports won’t be easy, reports NPR.
GETTING THE GIST: WRNI’s Elisabeth Harrison interviews Deborah Gist on the one-year anniversary of Race to the Top.
TRUTH SQUAD: Ted Nesi vs. PolitiFact.
BIRTHDAY: Joee Lindbeck.