Today I opened my Brandon Sun to see the celebration of the Bobcats’ bronze-medal win. Hurray for them!
More particulars of the competition were covered in the sports section. On page three you have an article on “aggressive” sports gaining popularity. On page six you have another article on a kind of sport related topic “pole dancing.” The sports section is four pages in length — lots of sports coverage daily. Page seven has a picture of the “Safer Ground” production by James Forsythe — no comment or review. The same can be said for the dancers on page 12.
The really big omission is not a word about the unique gathering of writers, musicians and actors that took place this week at Brandon University. There were some of Canada’s award-winning writers such as Rudy Wiebe, Patrick Friesen, Armin Wiebe, Di Brandt and many others who gave us entertainment and food for the eyes and ears — with lots of laughs and food, too. It is not often such a gathering of talent comes together in one place.
My question to the Sun is: where is the balance? Does the Sun not feel it is important to have an arts reporter to cover events such as this as well as things like the Brandon Chamber players concerts, the Winnipeg Symphony concerts, the Pro series, theatre productions at BU or exhibitions at the galleries in Brandon?
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 8, 2013