Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in by W. Joseph Campbell

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By W. Joseph Campbell

Did the Washington Post convey down Richard Nixon by way of reporting at the Watergate scandal? Did a cryptic comment by way of Walter Cronkite successfully finish the Vietnam struggle? Did William Randolph Hearst vow to "furnish the war" within the 1898 clash with Spain? In Getting It Wrong, W. Joseph Campbell addresses and dismantles those and different widespread media-driven myths—stories approximately or by way of the inside track media which are largely believed yet which, on shut exam, turn out apocryphal. In a desirable exploration of those and different cases—including the supposedly amazing assurance of recent Orleans in the course of typhoon Katrina—Campbell describes how myths like those can feed stereotypes, deflect blame from policymakers, and overstate the ability and effect of the scoop media.

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5 Within three years, what was once the solid Patch foundation began showing cracks. The limited experience of most of its writers put them in direct competition with local news bloggers, then a fast-growing group. 6 In January 2014, AOL sold Patch to Hale Global. Within a couple months, the newsroom reductions had become noticeable on Patch sites that ran mostly stories reposted from other news sources. Although the once hugely popular term “hyperlocal” had largely fallen out of favor by 2014, readers’ demand for hyperlocal news coverage remained.

These foundational journalism skills include the basics you probably learned in your first journalism classes. Successful journalists of any era must develop impeccable research skills. They must learn how to find the answers to the critical questions raised by the stories they report. Successful journalists need stellar communication skills. They need to know how to conduct interviews, as well as how to find, approach, and maintain sources. After gathering information, journalists need to know how best to assemble the facts of their stories, to create coherent stories, and to make logical connections and clear points.

Not all converged stories are equal. Complex stories that may not have compelling images but that require lots of numbers and other facts may require text and informational graphics. An example would be a story about changing housing prices or recycling patterns across your city. Another story that might offer more visual interest would logically include photos or video (that’s better to show action than audio). An example might be a story about a local marathon or a march for civil rights. Still another story with highly emotional content may call for an audio slideshow.

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