Northeastern Pennsylvania offers the would-be journalist more opportunity than just about anywhere else in the country, local radio personality Steve Corbett writes in his daily blog.
Nowhere in America does news break faster and more furiously than in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
From one polluted sea to another rotten shore, bad news strikes with the quickness of a cobra.
Good news arrives as well.
But the wild news helps make us who we are – a tribe that’s unique to America.
No place has a greater concentration of potent press material than here.
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Scranton (pop. 74,320) may seem like a small town to students coming from Philadelphia, New York or northern New Jersey, but Corbett is correct to point out that it’s a great news environment.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is the No. 53 television market in the country, with seven full-power television stations.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is the No. 69 radio market in the country, with more than a dozen AM stations and nearly 50 FM stations.
- Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has three daily newspapers — the Times-Tribune, the Times Leader and the Citizen’s Voice — as well as a fourth daily, the Standard-Speaker in nearby Hazelton and numerous weeklies/monthlies. Wilkes-Barre is one of the few remaining two-newspaper towns in the United States.
And, of course, there’s the political environment.