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delayed-identification lead : Opening paragraph of a story in which the “who” is identified by occupation, city, office, or any means other than by name. News Reporting & Writing (Eighth Edition) by the Missouri Group. Copyright 2005. Reproduced by permission of Bedford/St. Martins.

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6 tools for 21st century news consumers

Seeking the truth remains the purpose of journalism – and the object for those who consume it. How do we discern what is reliable? What to believe? Which facts (or whose opinions) to trust? Rosenstiel and Kovach, who in 2001 authored "The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and the Public Expect," today suggest "ways of skeptical knowing:"    

  1. What kind of content am I encountering?
  2. Is the information complete? If not, what's missing?
  3. Who or what are the sources and why should I believe them?
  4. What evidence is presented and how was it tested or vetted?
  5. What might be an alternative explanation or understanding?
  6. Am I learning what I need?