It must be good to be an ‘authority’, or, Thank you, Tennessean

Actual Headline in today’s Tennessean:

Nashville fights spike in violence by teens
Authorities say causes include poor parenting

uh, you think?

Here’s what I think..now that ‘my’ Tennessean has taken up a 4th of the front page with cutesy promos of stories within, why don’t they fill the rest of the front page with puzzles, or candid shots of country music celebrities. Couldn’t be any worse than the above headline…

Where are they getting the peeps for the focus groups to whom the paper is apparently catering? I’ve always heard that newspapers are supposed to write stories on a 6th or 7th grade reading level…I didn’t realize the focus groups came from that same group.

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One response to “It must be good to be an ‘authority’, or, Thank you, Tennessean

  1. For a little inside baseball on what Gannett does with focus groups, you can read this.

    The Tennessean, as a rule, gets similar results from its focus groups.

    Trouble is, it always ignores them.

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