Dear Reader | Why old stories never die and other news behind the news

01/28/2013 4:28 PM

01/28/2013 4:48 PM

Regular online readers frequently comment in stories, or send emails to us asking why we have posted a story that’s months old. Is it just because we think it will fool readers?

No. We aren’t trying to fool readers. It’s just that we can’t fool the “most popular” calculator in the magical world of digital math. When an old-news story pops up there, it is generally because another site has discovered it and sent the link around again, giving it new life.

If that story suddenly racks up more viewers than something that is newer, the oldie will replace newer news in the most-popular list. Maybe it’s because I’m pushing 60, but I like to think it shows that sometimes the older, more mature news content can kick those young upstart newsies to the curb.

New focus for veteran reporter

If you’ve been paying attention to our real estate coverage lately, you will recognize this as truly old news, but in case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new reporter tackling one of the area’s most important topics.

Steve Jones, who has been with The Sun News for more than a decade and has covered everything from politics to education and crime elsewhere in the South, is now focusing his experience on what appears to be a resurging local real estate market.

Check out his column every Saturday in the Real Estate section, and follow him on Twitter @TSN_SteveJones.

Photographers among us

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the critical role photojournalists play in capturing our world visually.

That doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the work submitted by our many readers who take time to email photos for our popular Readers Gallery.

It appears on Page 2A every day, most often in black and white, but you can see all of the accepted submissions online in color at

Want to submit something? Email it to Be sure to type “Readers Gallery” in the subject line.

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