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Editorial: Why we aren’t covering the Golden State Killer story

Law enforcement from various agencies stand outside the home of a man suspected of being the East Area Rapist, Wednesday. // CH Sentinel

Wondering why you haven’t read a story about the arrest of the Golden State Killer suspect on The Sentinel?

In short, The Sentinel’s focus has always been to cover local news you won’t read anywhere else, and great reporters from around the nation are already covering every aspect of the story.

As a small-town publication with very limited resources, if we were to cover a story that every other news station in the region is covering — and in this case even news outlets across the country and internationally are covering — it would take our time away from publishing local stories that are either overlooked or under-reported by other news outlets.

By 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Google showed over 50,000 news articles had already been published online about the Golden State Killer suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, with stories from around the globe, including Germany, Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. One TV station in Los Angeles published eight separate stories in less than 12 hours about DeAngelo’s arrest.

Needless to say, there is no lack of news coverage on this story, and appropriately so.

While it’s true that The Sentinel covers some stories that other news outlets also report on, the Golden State Killer story has been so widely and extensively reported on that we do not feel additional coverage would add value at this point. However, if a unique local angle on the case arises after the national attention dies down, we’ll be the first to cover it.

For now, we’ll continue to cover the local city council meetings, raise visibility about local events and new businesses, cover police activity that goes unreported elsewhere, and more. We’ll also cover news like the power outage that affected over 16,000 Citrus Heights customers on Wednesday night while national and regional media were focused on DeAngelo’s arrest.

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For those interested, the most comprehensive coverage we have found about the Golden State Killer can be found at the following links:

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