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Question

Why does the Journal-World list ages of people in news stories? What does it possibly add to the story?

Answer

“Ages add context to a story, specifically about the subject’s life experience,” says managing editor Dennis Anderson. “Also, using the age can often help the reader avoid confusion because several people in a community can have the same name. The age brings more specificity.
“And it’s a natural question asked not only by journalists, but readers as well.”

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windjammer

No names in the the news stories. Now wouldn't that be a interesting newspaper. What kind of a question was that? And why would the Journal World publish such a stupid question?

6 years, 3 months ago

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So_tired_of_the_whiners

And who would comment on such a stupid question?

6 years, 3 months ago

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