Reflection #3: Format, Facts and then the Article

Josie Rush wrote a blog entry entitled, “Some Rules Really Aren't Made to Be Broken” that really made me think about a news reporter compared to a quote from someone on the street. This can even be seen with news reporters on television. If the news reporter quotes a witness of an accident and mistakes the car color, because they are color blind, then the news reporter would say it was another color and viewers would believe him. This example applies directly with Josie Rush’s blog entry. Josie stated that if someone quoted a red shirt and the journalist reported a blue shirt, then the viewers would believe the reporter.

Josie also commented on how news articles need to have a uniform format and I never thought of it this way. I simply thought of the AP stylebook as another set of facts that one must memorize, but that’s not true. The AP stylebook, as Josie stated, is used to keep the newspapers looking clean, crisp, and uniform. If every news writer wrote a different format for the name of a professor, doctor, or classroom, then no one would know which was correct and which was wrong. I used Josie’s example and compared it to how we, English majors, write academic papers and use the MLA (Modern Language Association) format. This keeps all of the papers consistent in format and helps the reader get a better sense of what is correct or wrong.

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