Headlines Over Content

An inescapable truism about journalism is that form dictates content. The form of journalism–gimme a headline, gimme a story in the next hour or two, and gimme it in 500 or 250 words–subverts the content. It’s easy for someone who is allowed 20,000 w…

An inescapable truism about journalism is that form dictates content. The form of journalism--gimme a headline, gimme a story in the next hour or two, and gimme it in 500 or 250 words--subverts the content. It's easy for someone who is allowed 20,000 words and months to report a New Yorker story to say this, but it's nevertheless true that most editors don't allow reporters enough time or space to get a story's facts and context right.

Ken Auletta, Backstory: Inside the Business of News, 2003

from http://jimfishertruecrime.blogspot.com/