BCFD Abandoned Hiring Procedures

The Baltimore City Fire Department has abandoned hiring procedures established in 2004 that were designed to make the department more diverse, the WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team has discovered. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Mary Hartney - Mar 31, 2011 - 6:47 AM PDT
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by Mary Hartney - Mar. 31, 2011

I had high hopes for this story before reading it, but the beginning of the second paragraph -- "The fire academy's May class of graduates is motivated, dedicated and determined" -- colored how I read the rest of it. That's not fact-based or supported and feels like it was written as a favor to the city. I also found the writing lacking in tying together threads; the quotes from Clack and Burris read as a back-and-forth without context or transition, and the information about the physical tests was choppy. In all, while the subject is relevant and the investigation important, there's a troubling lack of substance.

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