República covers tragedy: It was a dark and stormy night*

The news report in the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) is headlined, “How search dog found ASU student’s body.”  What should be a serious report detailing the tragic results of search for a missing Arizona State University student, sounds more like the opening page of a novel. It begins:

The sky is overcast on a rainy Saturday morning, and still dark just before 7 a.m. when about a dozen people bundled in thick jackets gather in a nearly empty parking lot at the edge of the Salt River bed in Tempe.

Some talk quietly, smoking or rubbing their hands together for warmth. Two huskies, a bloodhound and a black Labrador rest in warm kennels inside trucks and SUVs.

The people and the dogs are here for the same reason. Fifteen days earlier, an ASU student went missing after a night in a bar across the parking lot from this spot…….

Reporter Allie Seligman misses the mark. But where were her editors? Charles Schultz’ famous Snoopy,* also a prolific writer, could have been pitch-hitting.

6 Responses to República covers tragedy: It was a dark and stormy night*

  1. Observer says:

    Betcha Ms. Seligman has a deep desire to be something else other than a reporteress. She might even realize that the newspaper she works for is on the skids and hopes someone see her real talent is in the realm of constructing fiction-like prose.

  2. Orion says:

    Don’t be too hard on her, she probably graduated from the Cronkite School, where the students chose to repress the First Amendment freedoms of Sheriff Joe Arpaio by singing the Bohemian Rhapsody over him as he tried to participate in a forum to which he had been invited. They are not simply being undereducated at ASU, but are boorish fools who have no idea of what is contained in our U. S. Constitution, let alone how to defend free speech. The fact that Seligman obviously can’t construct a news report is the least of it.

  3. Dennis O'Brien says:

    Thanks for the Charles Schultz’ “Snoopy” reminder. It was superb in this content.

    The tragic story of the student who met a far too early death was lost in this bizarre report.

    Allie Seligman might do better in aother field. There was a sign advertsing for a barista at the corner Starbucks in my neighborhood.

  4. Vince says:

    My wife showed this article to me this morning and we both thought it was incredibly odd. Nice to have our impressions validated. Great minds….

  5. Westnash says:

    As someone who writes for a living, I can tell you that the editors likely saw the story and approved it. The reporting of Who, what, when, where, and why promoted by Cronkite has gone the way of Oprah’s tear jerks in order to catch the attention of a declining readership w/ lots of competition.

    I wish the paper would turn loose their reporters on why the local, county, and state government has so much waste and duplication. And why are policemen increasingly uniformed as armed soldiers instead of servants of the people?

    • LouiseAnn says:

      Couldn’t agree more. The last news reporting I remember was regarding Don Bolles or was it the actor in Hogan’s Heros (Bob Crane?).