Originally Posted by Reba
News reports are usually based upon the information that is distributed by the agencies involved in an incident. That is, news departments collect the data from releases and interviews given by sources such as government agencies and their representatives. They add "color" and human interest to their reports by interviewing witnesses.
So, in a way...
Government report: Nitrogen 16 is being vented to control pressure in the containment vessel.
Witness: I had to be evacuated because I lived about 10km away from the plant.
News report: Radioactivity is being vented. 300,000 evacuated.
Both the same thing. But the reporter without knowledge doesn't know how not-so-serious N-16 is, and doesn't take time to explain what it is.