Minibar Munchkins

Hotel minibars are technological marvels. Nowadays they have sensors, so that when someone removes, say, a can of Sprite, the computer at the front desk automatically adds it to the room’s bill. And when the can is restocked, the sensor tells the computer to reset its database. A toddler is also a marvel, of a different sort. My daughter Carolyn loves repetition. She particularly enjoys opening things, taking something out,…

Covering Youth an Exercise in Judgement

“A bright feature story on 16-year-old ‘Mary’ might refer to her by first name throughout. A straight news story on how she was charged with a crime might use her last name instead.|Youth can be a big factor in how we report the news. In the case above, the tone of the stories would be dramatically different, and we try to mix common sense with reader sensibilities in determining how…