Story was tabloid material


After reading the front page article “Wyman very involved in the community” that appeared in the March 24 edition of the Sun Journal, I began to wonder if the newspaper carrier had mistakenly left me a copy of the National Enquirer instead of the daily newspaper.

There wasn’t any new information to read regarding the alleged embezzlement charges against Deb Wyman. Instead, Rebecca Goldfine chose to entertain readers with personal information about Ms. Wyman’s past that had absolutely nothing to do with the charges. As a reporter for the Sun Journal, it was the reporter’s duty to be a responsible journalist. Instead, she chose to become a tabloid reporter when writing this article. The article sounded more like an unauthorized bio than a newspaper article. Information regarding Ms. Wyman’s past marriages, personal relationships, the types of vehicles she owned, or her shopping preferences had no relevance to the subject at hand. It was extremely insensitive to provide the names of individuals from her previous relationships in the article. These people, according to the article, continue to work and live in the Oxford Hills area.

Instead of this article, it would have been more newsworthy and thought-provoking to have had the letter written by the family of Sgt. Corey A. Dan, which appeared on page A5, on the front page.

In the future, if there isn’t any new information to report, then don’t try to create some with sensational journalism. If there is new info, make sure it pertains directly to the subject.

Tamara P. Cohen, Oxford