But, the contrast between WANE-TV and WPTA/ABC21 coverage shows a sharp difference in their follow-up stories.
WANE-TV plays it straight, adding new information and getting a usable response from mall management.
Read the WANE-TV story here:
WPTA/ABC21 takes a different approach.
Read the WPTA/ABC21 story here:
Relying heavily on the media press release from the police spokesman, as WANE-TV did, WPTA/ABC21 fills in the blanks of who, what, why, where and how and then offers something additional. The WPTA/ABC21 story uses their news product to go out of the way to reassure and comfort viewers that the malls are safe and secure. Besides the obvious ass-kissing, WPTA/ABC21 appears to be doing their best to protect the lucrative advertising contracts from Glenbrook Square.
That, kids, is the economics of "journalism" in Fort Wayne TV news.