October 26, 2005

Newswriting - Chapters 2 and 3 of IANS

MUCH ADO ABOUT LITTLE, or Making Mountains Out of Research Molehills

If one looks at the Online Writing Center, one can see that in all areas of writing it is imperative to do research that examines the whole - rather than just a shaded representative portion of the facts as presented by various factions. All research needs to be viewed cautiously rather than superficially. It is important that as reporters we dig in farther and investigate the facts. Examine both sides of the facts, and then, rexamine, just in case.

BAIT AND SWITCH, Understanding "Tomato" Statistics

Chris Ulcine covers "Tomato" stats in-depth on his blog. Confusion comes through definitions of what exactly defines the object being defined in the statistic. Legal definitions aren't met. Haphazard questioning leads to hapharzard reporting. Methodology of information gathering has to be careful, and precise - almost a science in order for the newspapers to be able to hold water.

Posted by KatieAikins at October 26, 2005 1:07 AM

i thought ch. 2 was alot like learning about balance in previous readings because facts need to be double checked and you can make your claim more legitimate by getting quotes from opposing views.

Posted by: erin at October 26, 2005 10:08 AM

*Ulicne. Don't worry, I know it's a tough one.

Posted by: ChrisU at October 27, 2005 12:09 PM

Sorry, Chris.

Posted by: Katie Aikins at October 27, 2005 9:32 PM