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Journalism in action

2011-01-18 18:54:56.165088+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

The Yahoo News article is headlined "Scientists warn California could be struck by winter ‘superstorm’", complete with a stock picture of ooooh super spooky scary cloud formations, and links to fire tornado videos.

It's a rewrite of a New York Times article warning about "superstorms" which is itself basically a rewrite of this USGS press release about a disaster planning conference that used a couple of hundred year flood as its central scenario.

Worth looking at each of those articles and asking yourself at each stage what the value-add is of the "journalism" involved.

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-19 14:42:32.362121+00 by: Dan Lyke

Oh, I've seen it quite a bit, but I'm always amazed at how much gets lost in each iteration.

#Comment Re: made: 2011-01-19 14:17:37.189017+00 by: petronius

If you are just noticing the wholesale recycling of "trend' stories by the press, you are late to the game. usually they start on one coast, then move across the continent until either the LA of NY Times gives the trend its imprimateur as a gen-u-wine cultural phenomonon.