DTN's recent reporting on the Helicoverpa armigera caterpillar's chances in the U.S. presented us with a dilemma. How do we report on the risks of a pest that hasn't arrived without sounding like Chicken Little?
Step One: Nix the alternate title: "The Caterpillar is Coming! The Caterpillar is Coming!"
Step Two: Talk to as many impartial sources as will answer your calls and end up with a mound of information, much of which won't make the final story.
Most story trimmings are best left lying on the cutting room floor, but two stood out ...