What's the traditional journalism mantra? Who What Why When Where and How? The famous 5 W's and an H questions which need to be answered when reporting stories.
I thought about this when I came across a report from WTOP in DC about a huge watermain break on KIng Street, a major arterial road in Alexandria Virginia, a city from which flow many many Washington workers. King Street also has a Metro Station used by many taking the train into work. Here's the photo WTOP put up on the watermain break.
Really beautiful if this were a fountain in the city square. The report went like this: "This is the watermain break in the middle of King Street, the road will not be open anytime soon. Please be patient." WTOP was quoting a police department spokesman. One of the replies to this report was from someone who asked, "Where on King Street?"
Ah! One of the five W's left out of the story and the most important W to morning commuters. I noticed that since this story first popped up, others have come along with an amendment adding exactly where this is, probably in answer to the original question. But they did not feel the need to answer this person in the same place he asked the question which is odd..