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Poynter: Journalism 101 for those who should know better

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

imageMallary Jean Tenore at Poynter posts an explanation of why the word “killing” was substituted for “murder” in the headline of a Poynter story she wrote about journalists’ coverage of the Trayvon Martin case in Florida. The explainer’s hed: “Why journalists call Trayvon Martin death a shooting, but not a murder.”

Add: As she points out, no charges have been filed. As she also points out, Poynter typically follows the AP Stylebook, which says a homicide only becomes a murder once someone is convicted.

Noted: For those who think this is surely elementary stuff for Poynter’s journo readers, I refer you to the screen capture above. It’s from Time magazine’s website.
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