A Mess in the Newsroom

A Mess in the Newsroom

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Abstract

Jeff sometimes thrives on tragedy. It might sound strange, but as the managing editor of The Record, a community newspaper in Hoover, Alabama, he knows his business feeds off readership and advertisements. Sometimes that means nice stories about local happenings, but other necessary reporting includes discussing local tragic events. However, despite Jeff’s understanding of how the business works, a fatal officer-involved shooting at the local mall on Thanksgiving night was unsettling even to him. His most experienced reporter, Rebecca, was on the scene, showing that this small newspaper could handle breaking news like the big publications in Alabama’s largest market. Yet, Jeff, Rebecca, and the rest of the staff were caught off guard by a major development in the story. After collecting facts and reporting ...

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