Modern Journalism

Does it strike anyone else that some essential journalistic elements are missing from this article:

ISLE OF WIGHT – A man was apparently shot during a Civil War reenactment over the weekend in Isle of Wight County.

The 72-year-old man, who was not identified by police, was apparently shot during a reenactment at Heritage Park. He was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

There was no information on the man’s condition, and no details on how he was shot.

In my limited education in high school journalism, I distinctly remember being told that the essential elements and questions that must be answered in journalism are “What, Where, When, How and Why?”

In my estimation, they only partially answered two of the five and didn’t even attempt to hit on the other three.

With the last sentence, they even admit that they currently have no real information…but they printed it anyway.

I would think that it would make more sense to do some investigating and hold off on the “story” until at least some BASIC details are available. Is it so important to “get the scoop” these days that they can’t be bothered to even wait until they at least have something to report?

And the legacy media wonders why it’s circling the drain.


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