November 6, 2007

There's A Lot of Crime in Chicago

Let me begin by saying that if/when I ever do crime reporting, it certainly will not be on the caliber of Meyer's article, "Humanity on Trial". That was the longest crime article I've ever read...ever.

While Meyer did present a lot of information, I think she may have provided just a little too much. When I think of a crime article, I think of something a bit more concise and to the point; Meyer's article read more like a crime novel instead of an article about sex-offenders. I'm also not sure how I feel about the point of view she used- I don't want to be in the room with her, I just want the information. An excellent article, to be sure, but not the best example of crime reporting.

Posted by VanessaKolberg at November 6, 2007 11:50 AM | TrackBack

You're right -- that was a news feature, not written in the form of a crime story.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at November 6, 2007 1:25 PM

I see where you're coming from with her interactive point-of-view - although it's the ultimate way to involve and engage the reader when writing something, within the context of Myers’ subject (crime) her use of the tactic almost borders on creepy. Whenever I followed the reading and really tried to place myself in her shoes, I wanted out of them - and fast! Being face-to-face with the world of crime and serious criminals may be too close to comfort for some readers. Then again, if we don't face our fears (fears of a collective society, in this case) how will we ever overcome them?

Posted by: Jackie Johns at November 6, 2007 4:43 PM

Well I know tht I'll never write crime stories this long either. My blog was basically about the same thing, then I read Jackie's and she stated the obvious for both of us I guess, because this was really a feature article. (Don't worry, I was in the same boat with my post.)

Posted by: Chelsea at November 6, 2007 5:03 PM

I think knowing that Myers is a feature writer should kind of give you a clue that the article would not be short and sweet, that more than just the facts were given. of course, it is now 2:00 in the morning, and as i have just finished. I barely noticed that fact. interesting though, that although crime reporting is a genre in and of itself, that it can also be a feature. Personally, this is the kind of reporting style that I would enjoy reading (and writing). Feature writing, in a way, combines journalism and creative writing (but in the non-fiction sense).

The article was not a crime report: it was a crime feature

Posted by: Daniella Choynowski at November 7, 2007 1:58 AM
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