The saga of Joplin skydiver Shayna Richardson, whose most recent attempt resulted in a collision with pavement after her parachutes failed to work, appears to be the latest media phenomenon.
Ms. Richardson's tale, which concluded with two intriguing hooks, her survival and the discovery that she was pregnant, has spread like wildfire, with newspapers and television stations across the country carrying the story and the footage of her unsuccessful jump.
I have been interested in the statement made on KOAM's local reports that it was the only local station that interviewed Ms. Richardson, something I heard on the 6 p.m. news Tuesday and on the morning news today. KOAM's piece obviously featured Lisa Olliges interviewing Ms. Richardson.
If this is the case, it brings into question, the coverage on KODE and KSNF. On the 10 p.m. news last night, KODE used the skydiving story as its lead. with anchor Brian Hamman doing the voiceover on footage of the dive and of Ms. Richardson talking about it.
KSNF aired the story a little later in its newscast, where it appeared to be based on reporting by Lauren Hieger, combined with the skydiving footage. The piece included an interview with Ms. Richardson.
This raises some questions of journalistic ethics. Did KSNF deliberately try to make it appear as if Ms. Hieger had interviewed Ms. Richardson when footage from another source was used, or was KOAM inaccurately claiming that is was the only local station which had interviewed Ms. Richardson.
I await your responses.