Thursday, June 12, 2008

Post and Courier Police Blotter: 'Just the Facts' Ain't Funny

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 at 12:15 PM

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As part of the Post and Courier's redesigned Your Lowcountry section, the paper has added a weekly blotter that appears to walk the line between funny and newsworthy, along with a horribly bland drawing of a pair of handcuffs (though not the ones pictured).

The City Paper has been doing a funny look at the city police blotter (comic included) for 11 years now. But the P&C blotter is certainly something different — they look for the stories that might seem funny or odd to the reader, but they play it straight. Really straight.

Perfect Example:

From our June 4 blotter:

A drunk man found at the corner of Meeting and Romney streets told police that he thought he was on the Isle of Palms. If you don't find this funny, you've either never been on the IOP or the corner of Meeting and Romney.

From their June 12 blotter:

Not where he thought he was

A 23-year-old man was charged with public drunkenness after he stumbled down Meeting Street in downtown Charleston, a report states. When an officer asked if he knew where he was, the man said he was on Isle of Palms.

That's not to say that the new blotter isn't a good thing. Having the new feature has the potential to draw in more readers to the weekly regional section of the paper. But the benefits of an alt-weekly is that we can, and often do, provide more than just the news. And that makes it a little easier to read.

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