Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Readers: Keep those news tips coming!

Laura C. Morel
Crime/Immigration Reporter

Readers matter. Not just because they buy the product we create. Or because they hassle us -- and rightfully so -- if we make a mistake.

The Bradenton Herald got word of two stories this week after readers reached out with news tips.

On Wednesday afternoon, someone called my editor, Marc Masferrer, and told him a woman was killed after she was struck by a car in Bradenton Beach. I called authorities to confirm.

Sure enough, it was true. I went to the police station, picked up the report and wrote the story.

On Tuesday, another person called editor Jim Jones. The news tip: car accident on 45th Avenue East and 51st Street East in Bradenton.

That tip led to another story, this one about a garbage worker who was hit by a Jeep while he repaired his truck. 

Moral of the story: If you're a reader and you hear or see something newsworthy, give us a buzz, whether it's via phone call, tweet or e-mail.

So keep 'em coming!

And you can follow or tweet me @LauraCMorel.

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