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Post story on relatives of victims in Ray Lewis obstruction of justice case

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by tapintoamerica, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Or perhaps you can call it the Ray Lewis Murder Trial if you prefer. Whatever.
    To me, this story violates a major tenet of journalism: The author makes the news. And he does it by suggesting/urging/encouraging relatives of the victims in the case to drop by the cemetery. And, by the way, there's a photographer waiting. The other issue is that the story fails to advance the police narrative or any other facts in the crime. If you've got new evidence, great. Let's have it.

    I'm ambivalent about Lewis, I'm wondering what others think.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/ray-lewiss-ties-to-atlanta-murders-now-a-footnote--except-among-victims-family/2013/01/24/3855a4de-664a-11e2-85f5-a8a9228e55e7_story.html
     
  2. http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/94426/
     
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Two weeks ago: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/01/10/ray-lewis-baltimore-ravens-atlanta-murder-2000/1566198/
     
  4. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    I think your impressions of the story are right on target. The reporter putting himself in the story cheapens it, in my opinion.
     
  5. RonClements

    RonClements Member

    I cannot stand articles that quote somebody with "says" instead of "said." If it was said, and it's a one-time comment, you use said. If it's something the person is known to say often, you use says. It's that simple. Do not write in present tense. We're not reading it as you write it and we weren't there when you did the interview. You wrote it, we read it later, it's past tense, so using said is the grammatically correct choice.
    It's a MAJOR pet peeve of mine.
     
  6. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Duly and dually noted.
     
  7. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Yeah, well, sez you.

    Sez me: It's open to interpretation on feature stories.
     
  8. gravehunter

    gravehunter Member

    I agree. While it can be used on some feature stories, I think you really have to pick your spots. In about 90 percent of the feature stories that I edit, I change it to said. I don't think 'says' worked on this story.
     
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    This is your takeaway from that story?
     
  10. Care Bear

    Care Bear Guest

    Agree with Verse, but I also thought he wrote in present tense for a reason.
     
  11. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    And that reason is?
     
  12. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    http://deadspin.com/5979544/how-two-newspapers-wound-up-staging-the-same-sob-story-about-the-ray-lewis-murder-case#13594043822292&{"type":"iframeUpdated","height":1633}

    Ugh
     
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