The ever-present "By Staff Reports," an affectation that has irritated me since it became popular at newspapers, may not be as bad as I thought.
"By Staff Reports," as I have noted numerous times, nearly always means it was a press release and the staff had little or nothing to do with it, especially since many times the release runs verbatim.
The Monett Times has taken this nonsense to a higher level. In today's edition, the Times ran a story concerning the grand jury indictments against Anderson Guest House owner Robert Dupont, his wife Laverne, their daughter Kelley Wheeler, and Joplin River of Life Ministries.
From reading the article, it is obvious it is a news release from the U. S. Attorney's office. The byline on the article, however, read "Special to the Monett Times."
Why do newspapers have such a hard time simply admitting they are running a news release and identifying it as such?