Drill breaks through to trapped Chilean miners

Men expected to be pulled to suface starting Wednesday. Full Story »

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Ellie Kesselman
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by Ellie Kesselman - Oct. 9, 2010

This story is acceptable as one piece in a series of news updates on the miner rescue effort. It doesn't stand that well on it's own. However, this is breaking news, so it must be considered in that light. The story was attributed to a combination of Reuters and Associated Press writers and released on MSNBC, which gives an indication of the collaborative effort to get the story out, quickly, from a remote area.

The only real problem is an overwhelming amount of information on the page, videos, timelines, anecdotes about life in the mine, lots of images, which detracted from the story content. That is more of an editorial decision by MSNBC, and less one of journalistic content within the scope of the actual story though.

Mining Minister Laurence Golborne and other government officials have insisted that the decision on whether to reinforce the whole shaft would be purely technical, based on the evidence and the expertise of a team of eight geologists and mining engineers….“This is an important achievement,” Golborne said of the breakthrough. “But we still haven’t rescued anybody… This rescue won’t be over until the last person below leaves this mine.”

I hope this level-headed attitude can be maintained.

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