Our solution to March 10 “fake news” story quiz
March 8, 2017
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As part of The Correspondent’s examination of the state of the modern press in today’s issue, The Correspondent inserted a fictional brief to simulate the impact of “fake news” stories and encouraged readers to try and locate the story. That story appeared on page 2 under the headline “Law lowers female prison sentences” and was written by Editorial Board member Zoe Strozeweski. Below is the complete transcript of the story.
“Governor Bruce Rauner recently made history by signing a law on March 3 that would reduce the prison sentences of incarcerated women who lack adequate access to feminine hygiene products.
“The law requires a government official to take inventory of each state penitentiary’s supplies once a month and evaluate their findings against the needs of their female inmates. All female prisoners from penitentiaries that are found to be not properly equipped will receive reductions in their sentences that will most likely amount to one to six months based on the severity of the situation.
“‘I think this law is a great starting point for solving a big problem. Just because these women are criminals doesn’t mean they should have to live without the basic necessities,’ sophomore Kim Graham said.
“The law has sparked national debate over whether the needs of women wards of the state are truly being fulfilled.”