Example of how NOT to publish a web story on a newspaper’s website
December 4, 2006, 9:08 pm
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From a monday night check of the Lansing State Journal website (the complete, published story):

Two East Lansing students diagnosed with whooping cough

Midday Update
By Nicole Geary
Lansing State Journal

Local health officials are concerned that staff and students at East Lansing High School may have been exposed to pertussis, or whooping cough, since two ninth-graders were diagnosed with the contagious disease.

Ingham County Health Department Medical Director Dean Sienko said anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention. He recommends all students and staff, especially those connected with the ninth grade, get an optional booster vaccine for protection.

Whooping cough is spread by respiratory droplets dispersed into the air by coughing or sneezing.

Superintendent David Chapin said free vaccines will be available at the school on Wednesday and Thursday.

He’s sending a letter to all high school households today.

For more on this report, read Tuesday’s State Journal.

What are the symptoms? What does the letter say? Why are there no links to WebMD or wikipedia?

This is bad journalism, and bad for public health to boot. Sadly, typical for the LSJ.


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