Did you miss the article on Brigantine in the Philadelphia Inquirer? For those that love Brigantine, it’s time to admit one of our weaknesses. We let old school Newspaper and TV stations….be the only ones to tell the story of our incredible island. Far too often, in order to sell papers & get ratings, they’ll write in-accurate stories that make Brigantine look unappealing, backwards and bad.
Sure, we have a few blemishes. Which town doesn’t? But when we let the dying industries of local TV & Newspaper diminish our island in order to sell more papers or get ratings, shame on us for doing nothing about it. Philadelphia Inquirer editor; Bill Marimow, is desperate to boost his failing newspaper and will do anything to save his job. So why not take a few cheap shots in order to goose circulation?
In the past, we had to rely on the local newspaper, tv or radio station to ‘get the word out’. We were honored to be included in their reports. But that honor comes with high risk. What if the journalist is rushed for time and has little knowledge of our town? What if they need to create an ‘angle’ in order to get a few more papers sold? What if they produce something that’s downright wrong, stupid or mean spirited?
PRIME EXAMPLE: Read this Brigantine Ice Cream story published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s also available forever on the Internet at Philly.com. The story title was focused on our embarrassing, 15 year long battle of selling ice cream on the beach. To make this fairly boring story a bit spicier, the author decided to drop in some irrelevant references to spraying pesticides through-out the island, greenheads, sharks, and drug dealers. Why did they do that?
Imagine the person who read this article; a potential tourist who hasn’t been to Brigantine in awhile…or has never been here. They’ll certainly think twice before buying a home here, vacationing here….or starting a business here.
- Step #1 Cancel subscription to Philadelphia Inquirer. Read it online…for free…if necessary.
- Step #2 Hatch plan to tell REAL story of Brigantine Beach. Doing nothing is not an option.
- Step #3 Interested in helping? Contact us below or leave a comment.