Didn't get your event into the paper? Don't feel alone

Here's a worthy event that didn't get a mention and its sponsors don't understand why. It was the "Black Men of Honor College Fair," held at the Ramada Hyde Park Hotel. Said the group in an email:

On April 6, 2013, more than 1,000 young Black men descended on the Ramada Hyde Park Hotel. Not one argument, not one fight, not one act of violence, not one murder, not one flash mob, not one robbery, not one harsh word was exchanged.  And sadly, and most importantly, not one word in one story in a Chicago newspaper.

But on Sunday, April 14, 2013 on page 6A, the Chicago Sun-Times simply ran a picture (no story) with these words:

“Jail Prepares For Crowd”

Why did the Sun-Times choose not to report on the “Black Men of Honor College Fair” with more than 1,000 positive young Black men striving for excellence and good citizenship (below) but, instead, reported “Jails Prepare For Crowd” ?

I can't say for sure. Having worked on both sides of the divide (newspapers and public relations) I know that sometimes the reasons are complex and understandable. (e.g. not enough staff to cover, not enough space to print a story). But it does the media good to hear these kinds of complaints about the lack of good news.

So in the interest of giving the group at least a modicum of publicity, below are pictures from the event. And here is the Black Star website.
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