On Monday, a man was shot while driving in Chester. His car jumped the median and hit another vehicle. The Delaware County Times did another lazy job writing the article sitting at a desk reading over a police report and court records.  

  • Paragraph 1: A 26-year-old city man was shot to death Monday evening, becoming the 24th homicide victim in the city this year.
  • Paragraph 2 starts with: Officers were dispatched…
  • Paragraph 3 starts with: Arriving officers found…
  • Paragraph 4 starts with: Officers found…
  • Paragraph 5 starts with: Paramedics treated…
  • Paragraph 6 starts with: Officers found…
  • Paragraph 7 starts with: Court records indicate…

I seem to be the only person disappointed that local journalism resigns itself to report crimes from a police report with no hint of an effort extended to find a witness, family member, or any human being that may provide some humanity to the story. A 5th grader could have written this article. 

I seem to be the only person appalled and disgusted at the blatant and totally unnecessary inclusion of paragraph 7’s victim blaming.

As the Washington Post once wrote about this style of journalism …

The reflexive instinct to blame the victims in cases like this is rooted in a desire to correlate blackness with criminality.

Why bring up his arrest from last year with not a hint of proof it has anything to do with him being shot on Monday. 

If that’s what you call crime reporting, just stop. We don’t need to know. 


https://www.delcotimes.com/news/chester-man-fatally-shot-in-car-on-monday/article_ddf0f1be-f797-11ea-89a6-1b8cf872b9b0.html