O'Charley's will close 16 of its locations.
Read an AP story where the O’Charley’s chain is closing 16 of its locations. Of course the original story doesn’t have any of the locations listed! Um, HELLO! Journalism 101! How lame! Back in the day if I had turned in a story like that my editor would have chewed my butt off! Heck, my journalism professor wouldn’t have even accepted that. First question – what locations are being closed?
Well, after the message board on the KNS website lit up with people asking which locations they were closing, someone from O’Charley’s guest relations gets on there and posts this statement:

Dear Guests,

Please know we are not closing any of the Knoxville area restaurants or any other locations in Tennessee. The restaurants that closed today include Liberty MO, Independence MO, Wake Forest NC, Charlotte NC, Wilmington NC, Garner NC, Hoover AL, Huntsville AL, Rogers AR, Destin FL and Columbia SC. We are happy to speak with anyone that wants to contact us directly. Please feel free to call us at 855-553-4006 or send us an email at guest.relations@ocharleys.com. We appreciate your patronage and truly hope for another opportunity to serve all of you again in the future.

O’Charley’s Guest Relations

So, AP, how had was it to get that information?
Is it just me or is the quality of journalism suffering for the “let’s be the first to post it” mentality? Pretty sad.