Just because you don't care doesn't mean it's not newsworthy

THIS week the Coast, and the world, by all accounts lost a bright light. So when I saw someone questioning why the death of Tyler Kennedy was news, my heart sank.

The comment was on a Facebook post from news and media outlet pedestrian.tv with the story that was based on the Daily's story breaking the news about Tyler's tragic death in a swimming pool in Bali on Wednesday.

It has since been removed, but said something like "why is this news? Scraping the barrel?".

The thing with news is different people have different ideas should make the news and what should be left alone.

But I think few people would say that the accidental or unexpected death of a person doesn't need to be marked.

Especially when young, healthy Australians in the prime of their lives die in unusual circumstances overseas.

Especially when a community back home is in grieving.

It's news. And it's important for so many people that deaths like these are marked and mourned; it's important that their lives are acknowledged.

Sure, news can be subjective; that's what makes our jobs as journalist so hard.

We have to cater to different interests - some people want to know about traffic problems, others want to see cat videos - and a we need to cover important stuff too.

What's more significant than losing a life?


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