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  •  Pressures on reporters (5+ / 0-)

    from above.  Has always been true, but it is much worse now. And if fired, the decent jobs are scarce.

    •  not what the editor wants to print (6+ / 0-)

      is more often the issue.

      Long ago in journalism school (one of many simultaneous majors that enabled me to take a lot of interesting courses) one of the professors, who had extensive newsroom experience, tried to explain to us budding Woodwards and Bernsteins that the story wasn't what we uncovered in the field, the story was what the editor allowed us to publish.

      He then set about giving me a lousy grade on a paper about a technical subject where I sought an expert and reported the factual definition and the prof, my 'editor', took it upon himself to strike the factual definition and replace it with a colloquial and inaccurate term.

      It was the equivalent of calling a Ferrari a tractor because people in the midwest in the '70s didn't know what a Ferrari was, but they were familiar with a John Deere tractor.

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