JO 304: NEWSTRACK: Covering a Break

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday, activist Malala Yousafzai will receive honorary Canadian citizenship in a ceremony next Wednesday.

Mashable covered the announcement with a post praising her previous work, and including various information about her current work.

The article itself came nearly a full day after the actual announcement by the Prime Minister’s office. The press release, and tweets from the CBC and Trudeau’s official account, is linked in the text of the story.

The House of Commons voted in October of 2014 to bestow honorary citizenship to Yousafzai. A shooting at the National War Memorial near Parliament Hill cancelled the initial awarding of citizenship.

The article uses the quotes provided in the press release, but does not acknowledge that is where they came from. In the last few paragraphs, the writer takes a not-so-subtle jab at American President Donald Trump for his policy on Syrian refugees while praising the efforts of Canada.

In the final sentence, the writer links to Yousafzai’s current project — the Malala Yousafzai All-Girls School, providing education to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Masahble writers do not pretend to be objective in their writing. Some articles, like this one revealing the release date for Netflix’s “The Defenders” series, uses the headline “Marvel’s ‘Defenders’ assemble in a perfect viral video teaser” on the homepage.

Another breaking story covered with clear bias came at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when the site confirmed The Purge, the movie series about all crime being legal for 12 hours, is now getting a television series.

The article included links to reports by other sites, comments from Blumhouse Television, and a specific request for a show similar to 24, covering a different hour of the purge each week.

The show will air on USA and Syfy, two cable networks held by NBCUniversal, who also distributed the films.

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Max Wolpoff

Journalism student at Boston University ('19), lifelong fan of the Washington Capitals. Current broadcaster for the Boston Blades of the CWHL. If you ever need him during the week, Max is probably studying for something.

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