“How often do newsrooms receive the missing man press releases from police?” Ottawa Citizen senior editor Melanie Coulson asks in an email. “And how often does a reporter on assignment actually find the missing man?”
Newsman Zev Singer checked out the police photo of William Dupon at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Less than an hour later, as I happened to be driving on Ogilvie Road for an unrelated story, I saw a man at the bus stop on the other side of the street wearing a black leather cowboy hat that looked just like the one in the picture of Dupon. I turned the yellow Citizen car around. …
I walked to the bus stop, and, after a moment of comparing, I showed him my Blackberry and asked: “Is this you?”
His eyes widened a bit.
“Yes,” he said.
I told him I was a reporter and explained why I had that picture. To be sure, I asked his name.
“William Dupon,” he said.
Coulson notes that “our readers lapping this up. It is the most-read story and responsible for 6% of all traffic to our site … the number one item, including our Olympics stories.
“Who says readers don’t like a good news story?”