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Tuesday, Feb 18 2014 01:55 PM

'First Look': Context of news reports discussed

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    Californian President and CEO Richard Beene, left, and Executive Editor Robert Price talk about a news report that prompted a lot of reader feedback on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Journalists are trained to give context and be descriptive in their writing. That is what Richard Beene, president and CEO of The Californian, said Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Many people were disappointed in The Californian for writing what one reader called a "shameful article" about 4-year-old Gregorio Edward Leyva, who died after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday. His mother said she always had her children walk with her about 20 feet outside the crosswalk at 30th and Q streets so they could get home more quickly.

Reporter Jason Kotowski described the interior and exterior of the home where Leyva lived with seven of his 11 siblings, and those details sparked disappointment and anger in some readers. Several readers said the family's living conditions weren't relevant to the death.

But those details, including the cluttered two-bedroom home, are what give a reader a look into this young boy's life, Californian Executive Editor Robert Price said.

Price also responded to reader concerns in his Sunday Sound Off column.

 

 

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