Good reporting

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on May 19, 2011

Sometimes you just let the primary documents speak for themselves.

PoliceReport

“The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw…injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off the curb after stabbing the Marine,” according to a police report.

Instant classic.

2 comments on “Good reporting”

  1. Is this 'primary'? The photo above mentions the 'Beacon.' I've never heard of an 'Augusta Beacon' newspaper. The paper in Augusta is the 'Clarion.'

  2. The Beacon appears to be a community newspaper for some Atlanta suburbs. The report (with no byline) appears to be from a wire service of some sort.

    The "primary document" refers to the extensive quoting of the police report, as opposed to a reporter summarizing it.

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