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Posted by Bowser on September 29, 2002 at 19:15:22:
In Reply to: The standard of political coverage in the CT is pretty poor. posted by Mike on September 29, 2002 at 15:51:25:
You'd be surprised at the papers that reprint press releases verbatim. Of course this may be the source of the poor spelling etc. as press releases are not always that well written in the first place. I don't think the CT is any different to other local papers in this respect.
There is also always a certain caution with local papers as the writers live in the community - if they write a scathing piece about the local politicians, hotel, pub, factory, school, golf club, or whatever as sure as anything they will bump into the target of their pen the very next day and have to accunt for themselves. If they get an advertising or other boycott as a result sales and viability will be affected. They are in business to make money - and boy do they make money.
Court reporting is fair game when it is possible to report on the misdeeds of Mr. Soandso who lives in Snugboro or wherever, but apart from that it's quite unusual to see local papers undertaking 'investigative journalism'.
This applies right across the world I reckon. The local paper is quite a different beast to the national broadsheet or tabloid for that matter.