Thursday, March 13, 2008

Who (It's One of the Five W's)

Real reporters follow up. When they write a story about an unidentified anything or anybody, they make a little sticky note to remind themselves to call authorities the next day and get the names or whatever was missing.

John "I Don't Do Follow Up" Lawhorne reported last Sunday that two unidentified quadrille team riders were injured at the Arcadia rodeo and taken away by ambulance -- after he noted that the horses were okay. The accident even went into the headline.

But did Lawhorne call to find out who the injured were? No. But that out-of-town newspaper, the Herald Tribune (a New York Times product), carried the information the next day.

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