Thumbs Down: Identity crisis
A report excoriating the performance of the Indiana Department of Child Services led the front page of The Indianapolis Star last Wednesday morning. By Wednesday afternoon, however, the primary focus of IndyStar.com's homepage shifted to other "hot" news — mac'n cheese to be exact. Journalists have been wringing their hands over the future of their profession for decades. To be sure, The Star's remaining journalists continue to serve the craft by shining light in dark places to the best of their downsized ability — the DCS story, the chronicle of local flavor maker Sensient's serial record of disregard for employee health and the profile of Indiana's hate group against hate groups are just some of the most recently published examples. But when comfort food knocks the discomforted off the home page, one can only question the future.
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