Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fill-in-the-Blanks Journalism for Budget-Challenged Newspapers

Bob Franken writes:

In the absence of enough writers to do even a bare-bones job, here's another idea whose time has come. ...It would be a snap. Look at how many of our stories are so similar:

* ________ has asked Treasury officials for federal funds. In a statement, ______ CEO ______ argues that it is only current economic conditions that have brought the _____ industry to its knees. Decades of inept management have had nothing to with these problems, and if billions are not forthcoming, bankruptcy and massive layoffs will be the only alternative.


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