Case Study 9: 3 or 4 dead?

3 Apr

This is obviously a very touchy subject. There are both the topics of religion and morality that come into play here. As a reporter, the goal is to report the straight facts in an unbiased way. If I was the editor of this story, I would try to have the story be as neutral as possible. Maybe to start with, it might help to take out the specific number of people killed in the headline. The headline could instead say something like, “Grandfather charged in blaze that killed his family member.” This way there is nothing potentially controversial in the headline, and the story can explain that there were three actually deaths and one unborn fetus killed. I think this removes some of the bias. Then, I would just try to have the story report the facts from there. I would make sure there were many quotes from reliable sources as to the actual events. By doing these things, I think the story should remain largely unbiased and trustworthy.

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One Response to “Case Study 9: 3 or 4 dead?”

  1. Ronald R. Rodgers April 4, 2012 at 12:39 am #

    Good, but your solution “Grandfather charged in blaze that killed his family member.” – goes against the instincts of reporters to be clear and specific. It is a difficult problem.

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