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Monday, December 6, 2010

Cowie Hill is not Spryfield

Posted on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM

I am sick and tired of journalists who can't seem to grasp the basic requirements of their job. Cowie Hill is not Spryfield. They are two separate areas. Whenever there's violence in Cowie Hill, it's reported as having happened in Spryfield. Local news stations have done this several times in the past and have actually retracted and corrected the misinformation after several people called to complain.

But this morning on the radio, it happened yet again. It's funny that the "mix up" only ever occurs when violence is involved.

People who think that Spryfield is a bad place always live outside of Spryfield and don't actually know what they are talking about. It is a wonderful community, home to some of the best if not the best public schools in HRM and scores of supportive local businesses. This reputation we've been branded with is hurting the chances of community improvement as people and businesses are reluctant to give us a chance.

So thanks to the local media staff for making our bad reputation worse by either repeatedly doing such a poor job investigating that you can't even correctly report the location of an incident, or for intentionally misreporting the location of incidents to reinforce a tired old myth as a cheap way to grab attention. Doesn't matter which, either one is shameful and embarrassing on your part. —Spry

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