Colleague Julia Schrenkler had a terrific idea for a News Cut feature today: Seemingly irrelevant factoids that crop into news stories.
Her inspiration was this story today.
The story: A would-be carjacker is dead after police said he was shot and killed by the person whose car he was trying to take on Detroit’s west side.
The details: “Lonya Smoot, who was in the gas station buying a lottery ticket Tuesday night, said today there was also another young woman with the group who looked to be an older teenager. She said she was inside the gas station, playing her favorite four digits 1-0-1-1, while the man who was shot was gassing up his SUV outside.”
Be on the lookout for similar stories, please.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories.