Now with me at that age it was usually a nonissue, as I would rather go off and come back later and watch the Weird Science television program. TV news was too much like those films of earnest education value we got in school. Likewise, Mike, the brother closest to my age, was told to go to the boys' room and occupy himself with homework or playing WNOE or one of those FM stations he discovered.
As for my three oldest sibs, they were allowed to watch, even as the story became more sordid. Unfortunately for that strategy, these older siblings were quick to impart their knowledge to the others. Now our response was "Ewww! Yuck!", as children are wont to say. And we felt slightly disfranchised. Nowadays I avoid televised news if I can. Seeing it in print, especially the Times-Picyaune, is my preference.
Now at that time the Times-Picyaune used the catch-all term crime against nature, which I assumed could include picking flowers in the park or something. Believe me, I was mindful not to pick the flowers; even the Indian paintbrushes or railroad daisies that grew in City Park almost randomly.
Okay, my long intro aside, what should be covered in the televised or print news? As some old slogan had it, "All the news that's fit to print." Which was easily satirized as "All the news we can fit, we print." Children are naturally disposed to sarcasm. Blame it on television or video games, if it makes you happy.
Then there's excessively graphic violence. Recently, Atlantic online had a picture from the Iraq war that I found to be stomach-churning. My thought was that this was too much information, especially before my bagel and coffee! I know the writer was trying to make a point; but goddam......
It was too graphic for me.
With news coverage or pictures the writer or illustrator should always keep her or his mind on the prize (the story), and not given into the cheap frisson of sensationalism. News is not keeping up with the Kardashians or other filler beloved by the gossip publications.
Also, they should keep in mind their likely audience. My fictional characters Al Gautreaux and Missy Chauvin would never go in for the cheap coverage that is too much for kids or dotty old professors even though New Orleans local news has plenty of scope for that!