Courtney trial moved from Benton County

The GT’s Rachel Beck has a story today noting that the Courtney trial is being moved out of Benton County:

In a surprise move at a hearing Tuesday afternoon in Benton County Circuit Court, prosecutors said they would concede to the defense’s motion to change the trial’s venue.

As the story makes clear, the prosecution’s decision to not oppose the motion was tactical.  But this bit interested me:

The motion itself gave no reasons for the change of venue, but the defense often seeks a change of venue in high-profile cases where there has been extensive pretrial publicity, arguing it makes finding an impartial jury difficult.

Given that this is being reported in the newspaper, one has to see the irony, no?

But more important than the irony (yes, there is such a thing) is the question of balancing the fact that the Courtney stuff is unquestionably news with the fact that yes, publicizing the case has consequences.

So, my question:  How should journalists balance those two conflicting issues?  Should they even worry about it at all?

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