Friday, November 30, 2007

Flash-Bang Reporting

Friday, November 30, 2007

From Clark Bell:

Stephen Trosley, publisher of the Journal-Standard in Freeport, Ill., is concerned that sloppy journalists and bloggers are increasingly turning to a SWAT unit tactic of surprising or stunning people they are trying to overcome. Examples of the flash-bang technique are when reporters slip in a quote that can be misunderstood, use questionable sources without verification or construct a story to create a shocking situation. The principle involved, he said, is that the audience usually forms opinions or takes sides based on first impressions. Trosley warns his readers to take special note of the posting of bloggers and citizen journalists.

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