Reporting by the media fails miserably again.
I was able to listen to radio news reports on the gigantic Japan quake through the night, courtesy of insomnia.
And again, after a nap, in the hours past dawn.
And yet again after I arose in late morning.
And not one report mentioned the epicenter! All reporters and show hosts referred merely to Japan.
Japan is an extended string of islands. Reporting that a temblor struck Japan is as informative as reporting that a hurricane is approaching the U.S. East Coast.
I’m so disgusted by the abysmal state of the vast majority of reporting (“reporting”), I want to pull my journalism hairs out by their roots.
An example of what could’ve been said:
A massive earthquake with a magnitude 8.8 hit off the Eastern coast of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Its epicenter was x-miles from Sendai, some 190 miles north-northeast of Tokyo.
(Quick check of AP Style indicates that Richter scale is no longer widely used.)
My journalism brain and ears are under continuous assault. In fact, if I hear “a quake hit Japan …” with its woeful absence of key information inherent to good reporting one more time, I’m gonna mutter curses hotly and switch off that danged radio button!
Look! Damn! Already did!