Breaking News is a Broken Record

A University of Northern Iowa Writing professor in the 1980’s taught his class the following outline for communicating ideas in an essay:

  • Tell ’em what you want to tell ’em.
  • Tell ’em.
  • Tell ’em what you told ’em.

Introduction, body, and conclusion, right?

So why is it that many news stories have no conclusion?  Instead, we hear the same things day after day after day, just in different formats delivered by different anchors.  Is that really news?  Look at “NEWS”:  The base word is “NEW”.  I guess it would look stupid to call it “OLDS” or “REDUNDANTS”.

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