Can Alternative Weeklies Cover "Hard News"?

october 24, 2002  09:55 am
Washington City Paper hasn't covered the D.C. area sniper attacks -- not one word, a decision Washington City Paper Editor Eric Wemple tells Philadelphia Weekly's Steve Volk he agonizes about every day. "We are in no position to do" hard news, especially outside the District, Wemple tells Volk. Even though he can post breaking news on the paper's Web site, he says "readers aren't trained to go to our Web site for a 34-car pileup on the Beltway."