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#1 uffen

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 18:20

Every article I read on Fernando Alonso says, somewhere, in varying words, that he had a troubled year at McLaren and left two years before his contract term was concluded.
We know that, it doesn't have to be repeated in every article, big and small.
I think there is a lot of repetition in the articles on McLaren, too, regarding their big fine, etc. and, months after the events, we don't need or value the repitition.

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#2 JForce

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Posted 31 January 2008 - 22:02

Don't forget that some articles come from news agencies, which can provide news info to lots of non-specialist sources. This is often why they include the same info. We see it as repetition, but to those who only see the odd article in a mainstream paper or site, its important information for the context or background of the story.

#3 Dudley

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 18:35

Then maybe they shouldn't be using articles from those places as cheap filler?

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 20:05

its not cheap filler. Its good journalism. Each article must stand up on its own, it needs to have enough context so that anyone reading a single article can understand what is going on.

#5 uffen

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Posted 04 February 2008 - 12:32

Maybe for the mainstream press, but for a specialised website?
On a site such as Autosport.com I see no need to carry over lines such as this. The Autosport team should edit the "general public" filler out.
It's almost insulting.

#6 Dudley

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 20:27

Originally posted by Mat
its not cheap filler. Its good journalism. Each article must stand up on its own, it needs to have enough context so that anyone reading a single article can understand what is going on.


If I open PC Pro I don't expect to be told Vista is XP's replacement in every article.

#7 Mat

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Posted 05 February 2008 - 22:36

Originally posted by Dudley
If I open PC Pro I don't expect to be told Vista is XP's replacement in every article.


awesome comparison that one. Top job. :up:

#8 F1Fanatic.co.uk

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Posted 06 February 2008 - 12:59

In case of doubt, always better to have context, in my opinion. Especially online, where Autosport can expect to get a lot of readers who don't follow motor racing closely.

#9 uffen

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Posted 07 February 2008 - 00:15

Does Autosport.com or Autosport the magazine get a lot of readers who aren't followers of auto racing?
It would surprise me if they do. Thinking of my actions on-line and at magazine racks I certainly don't read stuff about subjects I'm not interested in or follow.

It's great for Autosport.com if they do, but how much longer should the repetition go on before it can be deemed to have gone on for "long enough"? Alonso began his split with McLaren as long ago as Monaco, maybe Hungary, and we're still hearing about it in February.

When is it time to stop?

#10 Zmeej

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 14:32

Hmmmm, I wonder if this is the first sign of "lack-of-Bira-itis"? :