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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Reader makes a good point

Shannon a reader makes a good point about a headline on an Associated Press story about a murder conviction in Grand Rapids.
The story, headlined Man faces life in prison for killing prostitute, was short and essentially named the defendant, victim and detailed what happened and when.
Shannon commented: "Why do they have to just say "prostitute" in the headline? There was more to this woman than her choice of income source. It bothers me that the media dehumanizes people for the sake of selling news."
She's right but it's a tough thing to overcome.
Headlines tend to be short and simple, pushing people to read the story but providing enough detail make the story stand out.
'Man kills woman' is too generic.
'Man kills woman he met at industrial park' is too out there, not clear on what or why.
But there ways around the generalizations and dehumanization.
For instance, we could go with 'Man faces life for industrial park slaying.'
Thanks, Shannon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jose Juarez is my hero!

July 15, 2009 at 7:02 AM 

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