The Miramichi Leader has been milking the FatKat story for weeks and now is launching an eight part series to stretch out their recent investment in a Right to Information Act request. Of course, we know about the ongoing troubles with Atcon and how they are plastered on the airwaves and the broadsheets.
The Miramichi has been whalloped in recent weeks and months from plant closures and other economic hits. I hope the ‘benefit’ to readers from bleeding this stuff all over the papers is worth the ‘cost’ to public attitude and frustration.
These are real stories that need to be told. I would never suggest otherwise. But how about an eight part series on the success of a specific economic development effort?
No, that is not sexy enough. If it bleeds it leads applies to economic development as well.
But as the Miramichi economy tanks, I hope the Leader talks a long hard look at its role in the fall and the lost opportunity cost of not trying to elevate the conversation around economic development.