Out of pity, OWW won't even bring up the issues of whether a news photograph should tell a story or be related to a story. When this one flew in over the transom, it saved the publisher from having to pay a real photographer to produce genuine photojournalism. Reader Generated Content.
To me, the Irish taste pretty much like chicken.
At the heart of the article, Laura Schmid skips the guideline that a sentence should showcase one idea. She stirs the description of a group member into a stew of half a dozen other items that includes a gratuitious opinion about teenage hairstyles and a chronology of past concerts.
The now-17-year-old -- a fast-talking, gregarious, tall youth sporting the longish hair currently popular with teenage boys -- now tours the United States with the Celtic music and dance group, Marcille Wallis & Friends, which paid its fourth visit to Arcadia Tuesday night for its annual concert.
What do these little details tell readers?
1. Accuracy isn't important. Lean, clean writing isn't important.
2. Shopworn and trite are good enough.
3. Hey, we're just filling up the hole around the ads.
4. The publisher doesn't mind, so why should readers?
And one last gem from the same edition:
Hmmm. If this head is the work of a paid desker, then maybe reader generated content isn't such a bad idea.