Not making the news
One of the jobs of the BBC College of Journalism is to ask difficult questions - often, they're questions to which no-one has a definitive answer or to which the answer isn't simple. One of those questions is; why do some stories make it onto the national news while others don't?
OK... editing a programme is an art not a science and there are many reasons why an editor will decide one way on a Monday and a different way on a Tuesday. I know, I've been there. Plus, programmes aren't edited in hindsight by paragons of omniscience. But think about this.
If you listen to or watch the BBC outside the Midlands, you almost certainly won't know the name Jason Spencer.
17-year-old Jason Spencer was stabbed in the chest on 6 March. A single wound. He died. Eight days later, 16-year-old Kodjo Yenga was stabbed in the chest. A single wound. He died.
Both boys' families were distraught. Both ruled out the possibility that they were involved with gangs or drugs.
Jason Spencer's murder did not make network news... except in a stabbings roundup on News 24 on 19 March. Kodjo Yenga's did; about 170 times on network radio, 14 times on terrestrial bulletins and over 200 times on News 24 between 14 March and 21 March.
Jason Spencer was stabbed in Nottingham; Kodjo Yenga in Hammersmith.
On Radio Five Live this week, Jason's mother and stepfather said they felt they'd been failed by organisations they expected to help. They had in mind organisations like Victim Support.
Does the list end there?