Press Release versus Media Story

Press Release: http://www.dps.state.ia.us/commis/pib/Releases/2016/02-22-2016_DCI_IowaDCIInvestigatingPageCoInmateDeath.html

This release discussed a situation of a woman, Jessica Lee (25 years old), who was arrested and jailed on November 19, 2015 at the Page County Jail. On December 1, 2015, she was found unresponsive in her cell, and was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and was pronounced dead. The cause of death was acute methamfetaimne toxicity. After some investigation, it was found that hours before her death she placed a recorded call to someone outside the jail saying she was dying. She had snuck the drugs into the jail inside a body cavity.

This story had a fair amount of traction from the media. But from what I could gather, the way the media portrayed it did not differ much from the original press release. The information from various news sources was very repetitive.

One report essentially stated what the original press release said, but with slightly different wording. Another did the same, but put the information of when she was put in jail at the end of the report, as opposed to the beginning.

Another difference among the various reports is that they each vary in length. For example, the reports from KCCI and  Valley News Today are very short compared to kjan.com.

This case was released to the media on February 22, 2016, so it is fairly recent. Because of this, I think that plays a role in the reports. The only information we have is what has been given through the press release. Perhaps in the following days, if more investigations are made and the story gains traction, more information will be released.








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