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Where does news come from, mummy?

By staff writer Stafford Wrighter

Posted March 08, 2013
press release mash-up where news comes from
Blah, blah, blah: Some news happening in Düsseldorf yesterday a couple of years ago. © Ignatius Rake

Imagine some sentences each lifted verbatim from a different randomly selected press release. Well, imagine no more. It's news, Jim, but not as we know it.


United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) crowned Nick Nistico as the U.S. winner of its third annual BACARDÍ Legacy Cocktail Competition in Miami.

After grading, quality control inspection and automated weighing and filling, the 10kg onion nets were previously stacked onto pallets by hand.

They can interact with representatives of the exhibiting brands who are eager to share their knowledge and experience in the art of distilling, aging and blending cane spirits.

All of these new checks will mean that for the first time there will be a comprehensive system so that European doctors wanting to work for the NHS will be have to [sic] demonstrate their ability to speak English when applying for a job.

This follows an enforcement exercise carried out by Kirklees Licensing Department following complaints from the public about aggressive behaviour by some itinerant traders in possession of Pedlars Certificates issued in their own area.

This is a fashion trend that consumers continue to appreciate and actively seek.


See also How press releases work, posted 7/8/12.


The above extracts have not been edited in any way other than to point out a rather ironic typo. We seek to make no comment on any of the selected press releases' content. This is just an exercise on the theme of press releases and their ever increasing role in modern news gathering. To read the full press releases as and where we found them and in the order they appear above, have click of this, this, this, this, this and this.



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