14 year old Baltimore boy facing charges for beating grandmother in head with hammer

A 14 year-old Baltimore boy who beat his grandmother in the head with a hammer early Thursday morning is in police custody facing charges of aggravated assault. Full Story »

Posted by Mary Hartney - via Investigative Voice

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Mary Hartney
1.7
by Mary Hartney - Apr. 1, 2011

There is one source in this story -- a "police say" buried in the middle of a sentence. I'm very skeptical of the information in the story, and saying that the boy beat her (first sentence) is potentially libelous; he is innocent until proven guilty. I would like to know where the information about her condition comes from, as well as details about him being held at Central Booking. This article needs much more trustworthy attribution before my score could go up. Additionally, I find the "HAMMERED!" part of the headline flip and vulgar.

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Fabrice Florin
2.5
by Fabrice Florin - Apr. 15, 2011

This superficial report strikes me as an example of bad reporting, because it offers so little information about what actually happened. The only cited source is anonymous ('police'), and this ninety-word article provides no depth or context about the possible causes of this alleged assault. Most concerning is the tabloid headline, which exacerbates public fears about juvenile crime and is in very poor taste, in my view.

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Gin Ferrara
2.0
by Gin Ferrara - Apr. 5, 2011

There are no sources for this article, which is especially troublesome when reporting on the alleged crimes of a minor. I agree with Mary that the title is in poor taste. (but I noticed they seemed to have changed it)

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Anthony E. Laus
2.0
by Anthony E. Laus - May. 5, 2011

Although labeled "News Flash", I would think that something as brutal as assault would have more substance. What exactly was the motive? Violence is not something that "just happens", there must be a reason. This story needs more factual evidence and background.

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Jeremy Bauer-Wolf
1.7
by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf - May. 3, 2011

I am more than confused as to why no one was identified in this story. Not only does the 14-year-old remain nameless, but also police source. Where did the author find the information about the details of the crime? A press release, a phone call, an anonymous tip? Leaving out specific references lowers the credibility of this already vague article. Also, the author doesn't explore the reason as to why they are charging the boy as an adult. If there is a law that addresses such violent assault as a minor, it should be listed, at least to provide some explanation.

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Breyana Franklin
2.7
by Breyana Franklin - May. 5, 2011

This story seems incomplete. There is a lack of sources which make the story questionable for me.

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Evelyn Fogleman
2.5
by Evelyn Fogleman - Apr. 25, 2011

How can we be sure that the woman is his grandmother if she has not been identified yet? The lead identifies her as his grandmother but later on it says "the woman, who has not been identified." I would like to see this story interviewed in much more depth, including interviews with friends and family members about the nature of the boy and why he would allegedly commit this crime. The author has had plenty of time by now to update the story further. It leaves me with a lot of questions.

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Michael Correlli
1.7
by Michael Correlli - May. 3, 2011

It seems like the author already believes the child did it. You're supposed to use terms like "allegedly" if someone has not been convicted. There are no sources and I'm left with unanswered questions. The main one is: why is the boy being charged as an adult?

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Ashley Gallaher
1.5
by Ashley Gallaher - Apr. 28, 2011

I don't think this is good journalism because it doesn't offer anything other than information you could find on any website. There are no quotes, no sources to support the facts that are in the story. I want to hear from the boy, the grandmother, the police officer. There is no context and it is poorly written. I want to know why this is important. Who is the grandmother? Why did the boy hit the grandmother? There is no background or any research put into this story. There really isn't much of a story here at all.

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Cari Crabtree
1.6
by Cari Crabtree - Apr. 26, 2011

It's a good start. This would be a great list of notes to have in a journalist's notebook before investigating the story. But "who" (names) and "why" are critical questions that beg to be answered. Who is the source? What was the motivation for the crime? Why is he being charged as an adult?

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Delfina Ezcurra
2.8
by Delfina Ezcurra - Apr. 28, 2011

This article does not practice good journalism as far as giving the story context and providing the reader an in-depth account of the incident. The Investigative Voice does, however, remain extremely objective while writing the article. It can be difficult not use words like "brutal" or "deranged" when describing that certain kind of situation (coincidentally applying guilt where guilt may not be due). A good journalist must remain neutral; this reporter may not have had a lot of information and chose to report it the way a good journalist would - straight forward, sticking to the facts.

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Ashley Ward
2.4
by Ashley Ward - Apr. 26, 2011

This was not good journalism in my opinion. The fact that there are no sources other than what a police officer said is not good enough. We see the accusation but where did this information come from? And The boy is being accused of this crime, so i think some words should have been included in the story/ headline such as "allegedly" or "being accused". This was not well written

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Lauren Slavin
1.7
by Lauren Slavin - Apr. 26, 2011

This is good journalism for an introductory high school student learning to write a lede with the 5 Ws and H and a story with very little information. These types of stories are often released by new websites to break a story first or let their readers know they are aware of a topic. But to be good journalism, they must be replaced or added on to for an overall picture and greater detail.

NewsTrust doesn't seem to trust Investigative Voice. Why only show negative examples from a news source?

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Kathryn VandenHeuvel
2.2
by Kathryn VandenHeuvel - Apr. 28, 2011

This story cannot be considered good journalism because it lacks the most essential thing a story needs; sources. There is not one source listed throughout the entire thing unless the writer was hoping "police said" as one. It is not necessarily fair because it doesn't give either side the opportunity to tell their side of the story and also considered the boy to be guilty; rather than "innocent until proven guilty". Which is not right considering neither side was given the chance to speak. While I do understand the article is just basically a news brief on the event; it would be nice to get a more in-depth look at why this 14 year old would do something so awful.

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Brittany C. Bell
3.0
by Brittany C. Bell - Apr. 28, 2011

I feel the article is a good start to something that could be better. I understand this is breaking news but it is not enterprising. If it was then the article would go from good to great. I feel the story could be improved.

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Christina Gunther
3.2
by Christina Gunther - Apr. 22, 2011

It is good journalism for breaking news. As not all of the information has been released, you cannot expect it to be a long article. A follow-up on more information as it develops would make this good journalism as well.

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Daniel Baldwin
3.1
by Daniel Baldwin - Apr. 28, 2011

It would be better if there were sources in the story.

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Rossella Procopio
2.6
by Rossella Procopio - Apr. 26, 2011

A few more details or follow-up additions would be a welcome piece to this article. Perhaps an additional source like a neighbor would lend it more credibility.

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Hope Regalbuto
1.6
by Hope Regalbuto - Apr. 29, 2011

This is a poorly written news story. After I read this story, I have a lot of questions for the writer. This story seems incomplete and needs further informative research and at least a couple of sources.

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Ariel Gononsky
2.5
by Ariel Gononsky - Apr. 26, 2011

This story seems incomplete and there should have been more information on the crime since it is an unusual event that occurred. There were no sources cited, so the credibility of this story is unverifiable. The story leaves you wanting to know more about the incident since so little is said. The story is not put in context because the "big picture" isn't described. There is no background information on the teenager and his relationship with the grandmother. Whether or not he has had a history with violence or have been in trouble before could be part of putting the story into context for the reader.

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Gerard Dalsey
3.0
by Gerard Dalsey - Apr. 24, 2011

Very interesting and in-depth. Awesome topic. Had me hooked from the start.

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Kayla Yingst
1.2
by Kayla Yingst - Apr. 25, 2011

This story gives no sources, and is quite broad. It only states the situation, and does not answer any questions.

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Alyssa Zauderer
2.0
by Alyssa Zauderer - Apr. 25, 2011

This comes off as a blurb that was put together in less than ten minutes. The reporter didn't put a lot of effort into it. It needs more information and quotes

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Victoria Karolenko
1.0
by Victoria Karolenko - Apr. 25, 2011

This story has only one source (which only involves "police say"), there are no direct quotes nor any opposing sources. This article is vague and mildly disturbing. They are accusing a minor with no substantial facts or findings.

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