Saturday, June 20, 2015

News Stories

There is a reason that the newspapers no longer refer to their content as "news reports."  They now call the things under their headlines "stories."  Check it out.

Eight times out of ten* the first paragraph is a lead-in filled with the bias** of the rag and having virtually nothing to do with the "story."

*Statistic made up on the spot.  Just like many of the "stories."
**"Color" perhaps a more generous term.

Remember the four "w"s we learned in grade school?  Who, what, when, where.  The why used to be left for the reader or for further research.  Wonder what they are teaching in J school these days.

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