Friday, January 22, 2016
IF A LOCAL KAUA`I NEWSPAPER REPORTER MISSED J-SCHOOL WOULD ANYONE NOTICE?
The butchering of the English language in our local Kaua`i newspaper aside, the actual reporting is atrocious.
An article headlined "Judge OKs suspect’s statements to KPD" in today's edition goes on and on for 518 words about how the judge rules a defendant's statements admissible, only to reveal 37 words before the end of the article that one of his statements was ruled INadmissable,
You would think that the fact that there were statements that were "thrown out"- usually indicating that the police goofed-up in providing a suspect's his or her Miranda rights- would be contained in the "lede" where the rules of the "inverted triangle" call for the most important facts to appear... at the beginning, not buried at the end of an article.
This is basic "dog bites man" vs "man bites dog" type stuff here... Guess which one is "news" and which is not. If you can't. don't worry- a job in newspaper reporting awaits you on Kaua`i.
At the risk of being called the Journalism Nazi, let me say "Back to J-School. No Pulitzer for you. Come back four years."