Today, The Tennessean
had a front-page story
about how the state's death penalty study committee might be disbanded after pressure from prosecutors. If it sounds familiar, it's because you read about it first
in a Scene
story by Sarah Kelley nearly two months ago.
Yesterday, The Tennessean reported that
the nursing home lobby is aiming to limit lawsuits in the wake of a 2003 fire at a Nashville facility that killed over a dozen people. Of course, the details of this Page One story were first reported
by our own Jeff Woods back in February.
But we don't come to bury The Tennessean
for getting beat. That happens to the best papers in the country—see The New York Times
and Watergate. But when you do miss a vital story about the state's deliberations on the death penalty or the crass politicking of the nursing home industry, don't wait two months to tell your readers about it all. If the Scene
's old news stories seem important enough to put on your front page now, then they were really important back when they first became news.