Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/12/27

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Photo books under the tree?
From: "bdcolen" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 09:49:52 -0500

Barney = No argument. :-) There are many folks in newsrooms who are far
better reporters than they are writers, and vice versa. The former are
usually saved by strong editors, and the latter - well, the latter
either have good enough reporting skills to get by, or they tend to
write fluff. 

Seriously though, if someone's reporting skills are strong, the facts
can fight their way through turgid writing. I think the Towle book is an
excellent example of this; he provides an enormous amount of information
about the Mennonites, but his presentation screams "lousy writer." ;-)

B. D.

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[] On Behalf Of Barney
Sent: Friday, December 27, 2002 9:15 AM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Photo books under the tree?


I am not arguing with you here, nor am I looking to start a fight. This
is a sincere question from someone who has spend some time in the news
business. How would explain the difference between bad writing and good
reporting. It would seem to me that the first could obscure the second
in one hell of a hurry.


bdcolen wrote:

.....  For an example of this, take a look at Larry Towle's Mennonites -
great photos awful prose - although the reporting is pretty good.

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