Anyone who worked on newspapers in the days of hot metal setting will love Jack Shafer’s piece on The Rise and Fall of the ‘Bus Plunge’ Story in Slate for the sheer nostalgia. Those who don’t should enjoy the sheer craftsmanship of the filler stories told in 30 words.
The article starts:
As recently as 1980, the New York Times reserved an honoredâ€”if smallâ€”place in its pages for “bus plunge” news. Whenever buses nose-dived down mountainsides; off bridges and cliffs; over embankments, escarpments, and precipices; through abutments and guardrails; or into ravines, gorges, valleys, culverts, chasms, canyons, canals, lakes, and oceans, the news wires moved accounts of the deadly tragedies, and the Times would reliably edit them down to one paragraph and publish.