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10 Worst Sins of Legal Reporting

Mark Obbie, director of the The Carnegie Legal Reporting Program @ Newhouse and former executive editor of The American Lawyer magazine, has assembled his list of the 10 deadliest sins of legal reporting. He prepared it for students in his course, News Perspectives on Crime, Courts and Justice, but it has relevance to anyone who writes about the law. His top 10 don'ts:

    10. Assume you know anything.
    9. Have fun with numbers.
    8. Indulge your criminal state of mind.
    7. Live off handouts.
    6. Talk down to readers and viewers.
    5. Throw gang signs.
    4. Followup failure.
    3. Genuflect to the black robes.
    2. Play scorekeeper.
    1. Join the true believers.

Check out Obbie's post for his full thoughts on each item. 

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 30, 2007 at 05:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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