In the past few days, I have been thinking a lot about how exactly stories make the news. In the 24 hour news cycle we live in, stories come and go in the blink of an eye, so how exactly do news producers decide what is going to be the leading story? How do editors decide what goes on the cover of the New York Times? Worldwide, there are some major happenings: the ongoing war in Libya, the budget crisis, the nuclear disaster in Japan, the influx of air traffic control flubs and wildfires across the state of Texas.
There has been one story that has gone vastly unmentioned. Fidel Castro’s decision to step down as leader of the Communist Party for the first time since 1965 and transfer power to his brother Raul Castro.Raul has promised economic reforms which is a BIG deal for both Cuba and relations between the US and Cuba. But even when you Google for the story it is difficult to find any information.
It is very interesting how “major” or “important” stories get selected. Just some food for thought.