Originally Posted by Ribstore
Possibly, but we have had national news broadcasting for some time now and any beaching has always been of more than local interest.
You may be right that technology now makes it easier to report (or find the right person to report to. But it also makes it easier to get the info to the news agencies. Its easier to get pictures from a beach and get them back to the paper / studio in time for the deadline. Without pictures, whale stranded on beach is unlikely to be much more than a footnote. It also becomes easier for a lazy editor to find a story to plug a gap in his schedule/page. Whilst people on here might have an extra affinity to the animals and so be more interested, I doubt the public at large really care that
much, especially if its on a beach somewhere they've never even heard of. I'd guess unless its a very large group, or there is an ongoing rescue attempt it doesn't make it to national news.