David, I read with interest your article today titled “Studies differ on how fast to open…” I have a recommendation for future articles that could provide you with a more “attention grabbing” headline, and potentially serve a much needed good for our society.
It pleased me to see that the last section of your article mentioned that there is a lot of overlap between the two sets of recommendations that you reported. Personally I think this is the most news-worthy element of the report. Now, can you imagine the shock of reading a headline which reads something like “Holy Cow, Economists Largely Agree!” Please pardon my drama, but I can’t help but try to make the case that in today’s environment, reporting on the differences is humdrum; it is not news. Reporting on even a modicum of agreement would (think about it) be surprising, and draw nearly every reader in. And then there is the other benefit. The vast majority of my friends, both right leaning and left leaning, bemoan the polarity and division in our society. Let’s face it, the media is both a reflection of that, and a reinforcement to same. Reporting on areas of agreement would, in my view, unquestionably move us forward as a country or community, whether the direction is perceived as more conservative or more liberal. Most of us want to see progress, paint it whatever color you choose.
I very much appreciate your including the ”Broader overview” section of your article. Thank you! Few articles report any agreement at all. I wholeheartedly recommend that your future articles lead with the broader view section, emphasizing the commonality in purpose and process. Now that would be news.