Bloated turkeys and oozing sores: The interesting and the unnecessary

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"...reward the reader with bright points throughout the story" (Clark, Scanlan 294).

One example of a story which followed this point is: "Cocaine hidden inside live turkeys, police say" on A2.  This three paragraph story managed to include interesting facts to the end.  It began by explaining that cocaine was surgically placed in the turkeys, the next paragraph went into more detail, and it ended with the information that the police found the cocaine because they noticed that the turkeys looked bloated.  It is an interesting point, who would have thought bloated turkeys could lead to a drug bust?  Strange...


"Never hype a lead" (Clark, Scanlan 291).

The story "Proper care urged to prevent amputations" on A8 does hype the lead.  The first sentence reads: "It costs $1,400 to cover the oozing sore on the diabetic's foot with a piece of skin..." (The Associated Press Tribune-Review).  The detail of the "oozing sore" is quite startling.  Does the reader need to feel disgusted when they read information on proper foot care for diabetics?  Is this hyped lead necessary? 




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Katie Vann said:

I can see where the lead may be hyped a little too much, however it may also be a good attention grabber. The phrasing does cause a disgusted reaction, however maybe this is the reaction desired by the reporter.

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