Multimedia trial coverage - local rape reaches international readers

Exeter based Express and Echo has been running a pilot programme that put its multimedia capabilities to the test through its reporting of a brutal rape that had left a profound affect on the city. Mediabeak reported on the pilot scheme that started earlier this month as the trial got underway at Exeter Crown Court of a polish man accused of raping a 48 year old mother in the centre of town. Showing little remorse, Tomczak had carried out what police descibed as one of the most horrendous crimes they had been asked to investigate. Whether the coverage achieved its aim of brining the trial closer to its readers is up for debate. It appears that while the local press provided welcome reportage, police were displeased by the Polish media's interpretation of the judicial process.


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