[GT] Journalism Fail

From the GT’s letters section today:

Article on astronaut missed larger context of OSU engineering event

We would like to point out an oversight in the Feb. 24 article about astronaut Don Pettit’s speech at the 10th annual Willamette Valley Engineer’s Week Banquet. The banquet is organized yearly by the Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers (WVS-SWE).

We are further disappointed that the article did not even mention the Society of Women Engineers.

That seemed very unlikely, so I pulled up the original article.  Sure enough, no mention of anything but Pettit – and it reads like retyped press release, anyway.

Like I said, journalism fail.  Basic journalism fail.

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4 Comments on “[GT] Journalism Fail”

  1. njclarke Says:

    Yeah, it does seem like a classic retyped press release, happens surprisingly often though. I’m a Journalism student and one of the first things we were taught was how to rewrite press releases to find the story not just what people want you to write

  2. Bernstein Says:

    LMAO at this “…one of the first things we were taught was how to rewrite press releases to find the story not just what people want you to write.”

    Dennis, that’s the answer as to why journalism is in such sorry as shape today.

  3. Bernstein Says:

    sorry ass shape. Laughing too hard to type.

  4. Dennis Says:

    ……… all I can do is shake my head.


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