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    I’m going to have to stop reading the Times at this rate

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    I’m going to have to stop reading the Times at this rate

    Posted By Alastair Otter

    I’ve only read two stories on the Times Live website this morning and one had an error in the headline and the other is both doubtful and has a completely unrelated picture and caption. So much for producing quality online media.

    The first story is about missing photographer Anton Hammerl with the headline: Zuma brakes silence on Hammerl, which has now been fixed (perhaps my tweet to them, and @donovanjackson‘s follow-up helped?). Brakes?

    The second story is about a school pupil being beaten into paralysis. The fact that the pupil was hit on the hand with a pipe is grounds enough for outrage but Times Live goes out of its way to make it even more sensational with the headline: Teacher beats schoolboy to paralysis.

    The link between full paralysis and the original beating is tenuous at the best and even in their own story Times Live says: “Doctors say they cannot link the paralysis to the beating.” Clearly the need for a sensational headline won out.

    My other gripe is the picture and caption. Why even bother to use a picture if it is going to have nothing to do with the story? A picture of (arbitrary) school pupils near Johannesburg when the beating took place in the Eastern Cape? Hardly seems worth the time.

    Okay, end of my pick-on-the-Times moment.

    Written by Alastair Otter

    Data visualisation & design, journalist, hacker.

    http://mediahack.co.za/alastair

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