Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Checking up on the Miami Herald's '24/7 Information Specialsts'

It's been about 3 weeks since the Miami Herald erected a pay wall on its website.

So, let's check up and see how the Herald's crack team of editors, reporters and "24/7 Information Specialists" are doing as they strive to "deliver breaking news through a variety of digital platforms."

Oh, darn! Would you look at this? Here's a screen shot from the Herald's website captured just hours ago.

A "woman's body" has been "found dead" inside her home! That sounds serious!

Click to enlarge.

OK, maybe not that serious.

Instead of sending a Miami Herald "24/7 Information Specialist" to the scene to report the story, someone at the Herald did what they've been doing a lot of lately...they copied and pasted the information from CBS4.

OK, let's see what else is going on.

The Herald also has a story about a woman who was "fatally shot" in Liberty City Monday night.

Every TV station in town had the story on their websites first thing this morning.

But the Herald's "24/7 Information Specialists" didn't get around to posting a story - written by an inexperienced intern - until Tuesday afternoon.

Alright, anything else?

Here's a story headlined, "Man run over by construction equipment in Miami-Dade."

OK, so it's not really a story...it's just two sentences. Two sentences that look as though they might have  originated here. 
A man died in a construction accident Tuesday in Southwest Miami-Dade.

The man, who hasn’t yet been identified by Miami-Dade police, died after he became trapped under a piece of Bobcat construction equipment at about 11:40 a.m. at 15351 SW 208th Ave.
A note at the bottom of the "story" - which was posted on Herald's website at 3:45pm - advises, "This report will be updated as more information becomes available." Yeah, well....we'll be waiting breathlessly for that "update."

Check back often as we keep tabs on the Herald's quest to become South Florida's source for news, "24/7."

1 comment:

  1. It's good to see some actual reporting on the bogus reporting that once prize-worthy news organizations are passing off as news. This is a prime example of what's in store for you America - some unpaid (or barely paid) kid trolling the internet for something to copy and paste. It's pathetic.


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