Magazine article The Quill

Source Grows Weary

Magazine article The Quill

Source Grows Weary

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Henry Steadman is one of small number of experts internationally on the links between mental illness and violence. He used to talk to reporters all the timethought of it as a public service.

But after years of going over the same ground again and again, he decided he had to become selective.

"There are two types (of reporters)," says Steadman. "There are the in-depth specialists in health, mental health, and criminal justice. That's maybe 10 percent of the calls.

"Ninety percent are news beat reporters writing a story. Of those, 80 percent are writing a story due in a day or two. Maybe 10 percent understand something of mental health issues. Some are very bright and you feel that you are contributing to public education. There's another group who are so dense that you worry about what they are going to write."

Steadman's comments almost certainly hold true for any specialized subject area. …

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