7.28.2005

Newsworthy: Latoyia Figueroa



A question for the working and aspiring journalists and non-fiction writers out there: What makes a story newsworthy? When you have two similar stories, what makes one worth telling and another one not?

On December 24, 2002, Laci Peterson was reported missing from her California home. Young, pretty, smiling, and pregnant, the nation rallied support in an effort to locate Laci and her unborn son Connor. Their disappearance, the discovery of their bodies, the subsequent arrest and conviction of her husband Scott for their murders was national news, covered by such media giants as CNN, MSNBC, and CourtTV.

On July 18 of this year, another young, pretty, smiling, and pregnant woman was reported missing. Her name is Latoyia Figueroa. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, single, and African-American. After nine days, CNN ran a short article on their website. Most of the media attention provided to this story during the first week and half has been from local and regional sources and from bloggers who have heard about the case.

What is the difference? Why was one story set up to capture the heart of the nation shortly after the first missing persons report was made and the other virtually ignored by national media?

For all Coyotes, everywhere, who are howling alone in the night, may someone, somewhere, hear your cries.

5 Comments:

Blogger Mac said...

I just blogged this, too. I suspect--although I hope I'm dead wrong--that Latoyia isn't rich enough, blond enough, or white enough, for the mainstream media to take notice.

Godspeed, Latoyia.

1:22 PM  
Blogger SpinDentist said...

Thanks much to both of you for blogging about this. We've worked really hard at allspinzone to get other bloggers on board with the project to get Latoyia in the national news,. and all of you folks need to take a bow.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Mac said...

It's hit the Seattle news too, now. Thanks for all your hard work, SpinDentist, et al.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Yes, we're finally hearing something about it in the national media, but damn little. And, of course, it all has to do with skin color and societal status, which is just. not. right. (If it's not about being blond and white and having a comfortable income, I wish someone would give us the inside scoop.)

The individuals at allspinzone who first took up the torch, who got the news out when no one else would, should be proud of their efforts. You've set an example for everyone to follow.

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