Monthly Archives: January 2009

HOOT! The Morning Call Uses DNA to Bust the Puppy Mills.

puppiesHere’s a slightly interesting story that is actually an extension of an ongoing story involving a puppy mill bust in Upper Milford (near Allentown), PA.
The bust, which took place back in October 2008 was the largest in state history involving animal cruelty. The particular story earning my HOOT Award this week appeared in the January 27th edition of The Morning Call — an Allentown-based newspaper.
The story achieved HOOT status due to its timeliness and investigative foresight. Its running coincided with the first day of preliminary hearings for the defendants — the co-owners of the alleged puppy mill, Almost Heaven dog kennel.
The piece focused on accusations made by a former employee of the kennel regarding falsified records of dog parentage/breeding, vaccinations, etc.
The Morning Call decided to follow up on these allegations by locating three recent dog buyers (from the kennel in question), and providing DNA testing to verify their respective canine’s exact breed. Continue reading


What Constitutes Local?

inq12709CHECK OUT how the Philadelphia Inquirer defines local. The map on the left has pins for each of the six stories on the front of the Tuesday 1.27.09 “Local News” section.

Click the map to see story details.

Crackheads, Cops, Brits and Philadelphians

Louis Theroux, son of famed travel writer Paul Theroux, recently documented Philadelphia and the violence that overwhelms the city.

Watch all six parts (approximately 45 minutes). Is it journalism? Is it good journalism? Or is it just “Cops” with a British narrator?

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