September 23, 2007

Less-Than-Serious Crime Stories

Short and Sweet- "Men Break Into Building Full of Police Officers".

This article was a more typical short and to the point type of crime reporting- just the facts and, well, that's about it. The attempted robbery occured on Tuesday, yet was published online today still in its shortened form. I thought perhaps the brevity was due to a time issue to publish it, however, it may be now that there isn't much more of the story to tell. The article also does not have information regarding the legal action, other than to say the suspect was arrested- there are no details of a hearing or the repercussions of the crime.

A Little Bit Longer Now- "Cops: Woman Carried Fake Bomb into Airport".

This story goes a little more beneath the surface of the previous one, moving away from the short and sweet standard of several crime stories. The topic is so unique (who does that, seriously) that it warrants a longer article in order to explain all the circumstances of the crime. It also goes into some background information on the woman involved and her conviction. The story has more details on the legal aspect of the crime as well, since woman had been arrested and given bail and had a hearing, although she plans to fight the charges.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at September 23, 2007 10:23 AM | TrackBack

1) Why do the short and sweet articles get publish, when there is really no substance to them, and more than likely we don't hear about them again.
2)It was hard to actually go through all the "short and sweet" articles to get to an indepth article that I could actually write about.
3)I like the points you bring up about both.

Posted by: ChelseaOliver at September 23, 2007 8:37 PM

Chelsea, experienced reporters can churn out those crime stories in no time, so they're inexpensive to produce, but they are important to people in the neighborhood who might have been woken up by sirens or heard second-hand rumors.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 23, 2007 10:39 PM

The bomb story and Chelsea's comment made me think of something: maybe the reasons that these stories often get more time are that same reason that people read tabloids: the stories are unusual and interesting. People often scan the paper for an eye catching headline. Now, wouldn't you choose "Man hides cocaine in underwear" over "local bank robbed thursday"?

Posted by: Daniella Choynowski at September 23, 2007 11:22 PM
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