Training for one and all

Hey everyone!

With almost everyone going to Oozeball today, we’re still doing training, virtual style.

Below there is training for each member of the team. Complete the training as indicated and put your answers in the comment section of this post with your name and your job title.


Icess Fernandez

Shorthorn Advisor.

The comments are due by Monday 3 p.m. no exceptions

And yes, everyone needs to do it.


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We’ve talked about beat structuring before but we’re still having problems with this. All of you guys have new beats so for your training today, you are to go to NewsU (from the Poynter Institute) and go through this self-directed course.

To gain credit for training: In the comment section write five things you learned and will immediately implement in your beat reporting.


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So much about designing is looking at other designs and asking yourselves, what makes this good? (It’s the same for writers too.)

What makes certain paper’s front page design so good? Why do readers gravitate to them?

For your training, look at the top 10 front pages for today as per the Newseum. There’s some great stuff here. Look and enjoy and ask yourself, what makes this one of the top ten designs today?

To gain credit for training: In the comment section, write down the five things you think make these covers great and how you will incorporate those techniques in to your designs this week. Even if you don’t know what they did exactly, take a stab at it.


For you guys, training is going to be a bit different.

Recently, National Geographic named the winners of its travel photo contest. Each one of the winners are amateur photographers who used professional techniques to capture their images.

The judges felt that each image was interesting, awe inspiring, and something that really catches the eye.

For your training watch the above video. Here’s a link in case you wanted to see it straight from Youtube.  The video is a hangout with the editors of National Geographic and the winners of the contest.

To gain credit for training: Write down five things that these photographers did or said that you can do on your assignments this week. (Not knowing what your assignments  will be is not an excuse for not doing this training.)

Copy desk and social media

You got a treat last week! Lloyd came by to talk headlines! Hope you learned tons because it’s now time for part two — online headlines!

Headlines for the paper do not translate for the website. In fact, in most cases they should not be the same.

But then…how do you write an online headline. So glad you asked!

For your training, read these articles about writing SEO headlines. (Note: substitute blog with website)

Problogger: Are you following these 5 headline writing tips for better SEO traffic? 

Copyblogger: How to write a magnetic headline in under 15 minutes (this one has a podcast too that you can listen to.)

To gain credit for training: After taking the course, pick five headlines from the website (don’t pick something someone else has already picked) and rewrite them with an emphasis on SEO.

Social: Take five Facebook posts and five tweets and rewrite them.


Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 12.36.12 PMWe’re a online first newsroom but sometimes we don’t act like it. We need some help with this. So let’s change that. That starts with you, editors.

An online newsroom isn’t reactive but proactive. They are at the beginning of the trend, reporting it in real time. To do this, it takes constantly answering one question: what is news today?

By the way, do you like the new decoration on your computers? A present from me. You’re welcome.

For your training, go to NewsU and take the Leading an Online Newsroom course.

To gain credit for training: List five things you learned from the course that you will immediately implement in your leadership for our online first newsroom.

Alright everyone, you’ve got some training to do! Remember, deadline is Monday 3 p.m.

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About Icess Fernandez Rojas

Icess is a writer, professor, and blogger. She is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA program. Her work has been published in Rabble Lit, Minerva Rising Literary Journal, and the Feminine Collective's anthology Notes from Humanity. Her nonfiction has appeared in Dear Hope,, HuffPost and the Guardian. She is a recipient of the Owl of Minerva Award, a VONA/Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation alum, and is also a Kimbilio Fellow. She's currently working on her first novel.

38 thoughts on “Training for one and all

  1. Victoria Otterbine
    Copy Editor

    1. (Original headline) President provides free pizza, vague answers
    (New headline) Pizza with the President leads to unanswered questions

    2. (Original headline) Breaker issue causes power outage at Woolf Hall
    (New headline) Woolf Hall faces possible evacuation due to breaker issue

    3. (Original headline) Group raises funds to advocate for marijuana reform
    (New headline) Students raise eyebrows as NORML raises funds for marijuana reform

    4. (Original headline) Rainbow Reception offers sexual assault booth
    (New headline) Rainbow Reception takes a stand against sexual assault

    5. (Original headline) 9/11 remains relevant for current students
    (New headline) Students remember their experiences on 9/11

    • Not bad, Victoria. One thing to keep in mind is that with SEO headlines, you want the first couple of words to be the search words or the words Google will tack on to. For example, the headline number 3, it’s okay to use NORML in the beginning of the headline as it’s a search term that Google will give reference to.

  2. Brenna Norrell
    Copy Editor

    1. Original Headline: Student finds graffiti outside sorority house
    New Headline: Sorority House graffiti under investigation

    2.Original Headline: Engineering Career Fair draws students, alumni
    New Headline: Engineering connects students to potential employers

    3.Original Headline: Senior lecturer focuses on women in engineering
    New Headline: Carter Tiernan pushes for more female engineers

    4. Original Headline: Department offers new theater degree
    New Headline: UTA offers first musical theater degree in North Texas

    5. Original Headline: Class receives criticism
    New Headline: Freshmen voice opinions about MAVS 1000

    • Hey Brenna! Good job on these headlines! For the third one, I’d be careful using Carter Tiernan as an online headline. Remember that the online needs to bring people to the site and few people knew Carter Tiernan. They won’t know her until they read the story…but they have to read the story first. Try something like: Club forms to increase number of female engineers.

  3. Evan Battee
    Copy Editor

    1. (original headline) NFL incident spotlights support
    (new headline) NFL controversy sparks domestic violence awareness

    2. (original headline) Library card swipe system causes long lines
    (new headline) New library policy causes delays

    3. (original headline) Class receives criticism
    (new headline) MAV 1000 class receives criticism

    4. (original headline) Students react to new bike lanes
    (new headline) New bike lanes spur mixed reactions

    5. (original headline) UTA Police investigate fake parking permit
    (new headline) Fake parking permit sparks UTA police investigation

    • Evan! Great headlines. I especially love number 5. You have UTA in the headline, which Google will grab on to for searches and you have what makes the story interesting “fake parking permits” right at the front. Good job!

  4. Marangeli Lopez
    News Reporter

    1. Beats usually fall in three categories, those categories are territorial (defined by geography) , jurisdictional (defined by a government or corporate entity), and topical (just a particular issue). Mine would fall under jurisdictional since it is the college of nursing, its a broad enough topic that lots of things could fall into it.

    2. All of my first stories are learning opportunities. They can also help me figure out what my next story should be. Meaning, if I didn’t fully cover something in the first story, I can do a follow up and elaborate more in the next one.

    3. Crowdsourcing can be a very useful tool. Crowdsourcing is when you identify possible sources by asking specific questions on social media, or just by asking around.

    • 4. There is a reporter library available to us with all kinds of information like open documents, or criminal justice, education, and so much more.

      5. If you go in cold to a story confess your ignorance to the source, this one shocked me because I never want to seem ignorant to my source, but it makes sense, I will try it in the future.

      • Mara, I love that you said that all of your stories are learning opportunities. You’re right. They are. Everyone should approach it that way.

        I think your beat is more topical than jurisdictional. Although you are covering the college of nursing, you also cover nursing. Trends in nursing are also fair game for you to report on (with a UTA focus, of course). That’s a way to expand your beat and to learn about it at the same time.

  5. Perla Cabrera
    News Reporter

    Five things learned and will try to implement in my beat reporting.
    1. Look for any statistics that I could use in my stories, along with annual reports and budgets,
    2. If you cover a story without having a chance to learn about the topic, confess your ignorance to your sources (WHAT?!), and ask them to bring you up to date.
    3. Never avoid a source someone who is mad, follow up and behave professionally.
    4. All Our Ideas, Xtranormal, CoverItLive and ScribbleLive sound like cool digital tools!
    5. The state health department releases annual reports on causes of death and other health statistics.

  6. Dalton Sessumes
    Life Reporter

    1. I usually ask about places, times, and ideas, but I forget to ask about important people. I shouldn’t forget to ask about important people.

    2. I really, really (really) need a network of informants that will reliably tell me about events of interest.

    3. Intersect can be used to find where people are gathering yay (downfall of social media is people actually have to use it regularly)

    4. I’m slowly learning that nobody (including this class, shown by lack of advice for entertainment/event related things) actually considers off campus events legit and that’s bothersome. Events are the manifestation of community creativity and well-being. Come on.

    5. Don’t be afraid to talk about unrelated details with the source or others, and schedule enough time to do so. I have to find out what people do, and that usually comes through an invitation of some sort. Be interested, take the opportunity to find out about them, use them for their info. Ya.

    • Dalton,

      A good way to get to know what’s going on next is asking your sources after interviewing them. Ask them “what are some things I need to know about?” That will help put some events and items on your calendar that would be good to cover with an advance or a story!

  7. Elizabeth Walsh
    Life Reporter

    1. I need to actively seek out students who are doing cool things. It is a huge campus and there are certainly cool people here.

    2. I need to create a Twitter List with all of the UTA groups that I follow and constantly check it. People use Social Media as a way to brag on their group’s members, and that is easy to check daily. Seriously, I’m on Social Media all the time.

    3. I need to be more familiar with people in other administrative staff or even professors. By forming relationships with them, I will be able to hear about cool things going on in their departments, and will also have good reliable sources!

    4. I need to get better about being more personal in my stories, particularly profiles. I need to learn how to ask better questions on the fly to uncover the true story.

    5. I need to work on listening better. I have a tendency to ask what I need to and move on. I need to take the time to listen to people. Not only do you get better quotes, often they will also mention things going on that are decent stories.

  8. Robert Malone
    Life and Entertainment reporter

    1. Acquiring background information on an event is essential.

    2.Build and maintain a calendar of important events on campus.

    3.Seek out sources who may not be on Twitter.

    4.Become an expert on the topic of the article

    5.Learn from other reporters in the newsroom who have covered my beat.

  9. Sorayah Zahir
    Projects Reporter

    1) It’s important to know the scope of your beat. In projects, we focused on graduate school and that meant visiting places where people who were involved in this were. For example, the graduate advisor’s office, graduate student senate’s office, etc. We could also visit places where graduate students study or take classes to access them as sources

    2) In the activity, list the top five tips from other journalists, a lot of them mentioned checking facts. A way I can do that in my writing is by always verifying my sources and attributing every fact and person with a CQD.

    3) A good supplement to a beat is online sources. In “Covering Your Beat Online”, they give examples of finding social media accounts for your beat and finding pertinent websites. In the next Project guide we will take on basketball and I can find the account for the UTA Basketball team and such to help me cover the beat.

    4) In the training they discuss having focus on your beat and mapping it out. With the new basketball beat I’ll have to find where key locations exist.

    5) Building your library means gathering information that will be good resources when writing my story and finding what to write about. For basketball, it may be important to have a schedule of when the team plays, statistics of past seasons, a team roster, etc.

  10. Jessica Chapa

    1. I need to take more risks when taking pictures.
    2. Which leads me into this, I need to be less self conscious when taking photos. I need to remember that people generally don’t mind being photographed
    3. I need to make photos interesting for the readers. I want to make them wonder what is going on in the picture, and to make them interested.
    4. My photos need to tell stories. I need to stick around longer during an assignment to make sure I get photos that will grab attention.
    5. “A camera is a box that captures moments and experiences.” I really liked this quote one of the contest judges said. It’s a reminder to me that a camera is an ordinary object and it’s up to me to utilize it in a way to capture important moments.I need to think about how I will accomplish making those photos moment worthy before going out and shooting an assignment.

    • Jessica, one of the best advice on photography came from my friend Mayra. We worked together in Corpus and she has since worked at the Houston Chronicle, getting to cover the drug wars in Mexico and the war in Iraq. She told me that photography is about moments. That was important to me as a reporter because I needed to make sure I gave the photog space to make the photo.

      So, yes, take risks and create the space you need to be in the moments that make the best picture. Keep on!

  11. Alicia Brewer

    1. I have noticed what all of the top front pages have all in common: the rally photos. The thousands of people protesting obviously means that it is something important and demands the viewer’s attention. On the AM New York newspaper, it relied on just the photograph alone. Like the rest of the photos, it has a very busy look to it except I think this one has the bird’s eye perspective to see that the crowd is enormous.

    2. The photos alone I think are straightforward. My personal favorite is the UT San Diego’s photo at the very top (I know that is not part of the top ten, but I feel I need to make note of that). The photo of an oversized virtual reality device attached to the man’s forehead and the text that follows really work together: “Video game developer has sights set on creating product for virtual reality platforms.” The photo literally has the man looking upwards as though looking on to what he is planning while have the device strapped on his head.

    3. There were a few front pages that included the headlines as part of a picture, and I thought that it was well managed. I found it always tricky to deal with text when there is already a photograph that speaks for itself, but then there are cases like these that work. The way the text is used really depends on whether it will add the effectiveness to the photo.

    4. The photos of the advertising design did what it needed to do: attract viewers to get them to buy the products. Of course, you need text in order to tell them what they have to offer, but the pictures captured the essence of what the ad is offering. For example, for restaurant ads, the photograph needs to make sure that the food they have is representable. For donations and adoption, it needs to bring emotion to the viewer. One must ask oneself, “Is the photo appropriate to the ad? Does it bring me sympathy? Does it show a sign of hope?” AM New York’s mimic of the American flag design ad was pretty clever also.

    As far as text, I thought it provided enough information to have the viewer make a decision whether to buy the product.

    5. Front pages I think in general are very fun to look at as how it should be. The first thing viewers look for are photos and that they are supposed to leave a powerful impression on them in order to sell in viewers to read the material.

    My personal problem has always been text on some of my illustrations (read #3). They always come up to wordy when I showed it to my editor. Also, while I may not play a role on the front news often (that was, until Week 5’s OOZE illustration), I will treat my illustrations as though they are in the front page.

  12. Tanasia Curtis
    News Reporter

    1. I learned about mapping your beat and that could be cool to do for all the different departments in City Hall and what they are responsible for.
    2. I learned about building a library of references that deal with your beat to make it easier to do research on a topic.
    3. I learned that it’s ok to be humble and not understand what the source is talking about.
    4. I realized that there are three categories of covering a beat, which is territorial, which is geographical, jurisdictional which is government or corporate entities, and topical which are jurisdictional or territorial lines.
    5. I learned about using all resources and not relying on one source to get all the information I need.

  13. Kenney Kost
    News Reporter, student affairs beat

    1. I learned beats fall into three categories: territorial, jurisdictional and topical. Mine would be jurisdictional because it covers certain offices within student affairs.

    2. I learned exactly what Storify does and I want to implement it.

    3. Beat-mapping is a good tool to use, I kind of already did it and didn’t realize it, though I could do a little more mapping of certain offices and people.

    4. FACT CHECK, don’t rely on one source knowing everything for sure.

    5. If you don’t understand what your source is talking about, that’s OK, we don’t and can’t know EVERYTHING so just ask for clarification.

  14. Eric Yates
    Social Media Manager

    1. Job fair employers seek interns.
    The all-major job fair was a great success, with employers seeking Maverick interns.
    2. Men’s cross-country dominates opener, women place 4th.
    Our Maverick cross-country dominated the season opener, with our Men’s team taking 1st place.
    3. Sophomore immune to defeat.
    Despite major set back’s, Sophomore Nichole Sheridan seems immune to defeat.
    4. Oozeball: a campus tradition.
    Oozeball is back! Click the link and find out everything you need to know about Friday’s games.
    5. Basketball season tickets now on sale.
    UTA basketball season tickets now on sale! Don’t miss your chance to cheer your Mavericks on to victory.

    1.Volleyball caps 2nd conference win at home. #iBleedBlue #myUTA
    @UTAMAVS volleyball earns their 2nd consecutive win at home. Way to go Mavs! #iBleedBlue #myUTA
    2.Engineering Career Fair draws students, alumni. #myUTA
    @mavengineering Career Fair draws hopeful students and alumni. #myUTA #MavUp
    3. Women’s basketball scores highest team GPA.
    @UTAMAVS women’s basketball scored highest team GPA in the Sun Belt Conference! #myUTA #iBleedBlue
    4. Ankle injury highlights growing trend. @UTAMAVS
    Senior guard @JamelOutler’s ankle injury highlights growing trend. @UTAMAVS
    5.Sophomore immune to defeat.
    Sophomore Nichole Sheridan immune to defeat. #MavUp @UTArlington

  15. Cassie Logan
    Sports reporter

    1. Build relationships and make small talk. The more your sources are comfortable with you, the more willing they are to share information. Even in small talk, sources may drop hints and information for story ideas.

    2. Learn to be unbiased in reporting and live tweeting. No comments that show you’re favoring the Mavs. Just because we work for UTA’s newspaper doesn’t mean we work for or support its teams. Keep a level head and report on what you see.

    3. Learn everything you can about the beat. Attend practices even if you don’t have interviews to conduct. It’ll show the coach and the players that you are doing your best to give fuller and more accurate coverage. It gives you that behind the scenes look.

    4. Think outside the box when it comes to sourcing. Check with assistant coaches or position assistants, alumni, even fans. Think of a fuller way to tell the story that gives insight to all types of people involves.

    5. Social media is key. Follow coaches and players on Twitter because they can tweet things that may becoming huge stories, such as injuries and signings. Open up to more than Twitter. Look through Facebooks, Instagrams and others that are more off the record things.

  16. 1. I need to build relationships with sources other than Kristin Sullivan. This may be difficult as most of the administrators have been unwilling to meet with me without Kristin present. However, I should work to strengthen these relationships through innocuous conversations and weekly check-ins. In short, I need to diversify my sources.

    2. Almost going in hand with the previous entry, I need to pay attention to the ground-level issues as well. Not everything in my beat needs to come from the top. We are a body of students and while what is going on at the top levels of administration is important, ground-level reactions should be just as prevalent. I need to get to know the students of UTA and listen to what they care about. This includes paying attention to social media posts.

    3. Build my library. I need to start building a library of information, not only within the school, but schools across the state and country. In order to stay current on my beat, I need to know the jargon, have ready access to information and terms, and understand what other schools are working on and how they relate to UTA’s experiences.

    4. Familiarize myself with open record laws and learn how to obtain information that may not be easily accessible. I don’t need to understand the process of completing an open records request, but understand what information is available and in what format.

    5. Perhaps most importantly, I need to better organize my beat. I need to create a beat calendar, separate from my normal everyday calendar, but attached to it. I need to be aware of any upcoming public committee meetings well in advance in order to adequately research and prepare for them. Along with building my library and diversifying my sources, I need to do a better job of organizing all of my information in a readily available location.

  17. Ellorie Wilkins

    1. When shooting a travel photo, use 2 gut reactions. Ask yourself: Does that picture make me want to go to that place? Would I have loved to have taken that picture myself?
    2. Be patient, and do your homework. Learn the rules when you’re shooting something not in your territory.
    3. Tell a story in your photo. Make it interesting so people will want to look at the photo.
    4. It’s all about the photographer, not the camera. You don’t need a really fancy camera to get a good photo.
    5. What constitutes acceptable physical risk to get a photo? Know your limits. Learn your surroundings and the safest spots to be in when taking a dangerous photo.

  18. Jason Amaloo
    Projects Reporter

    1. Use social media to solicit user-generated content/ideas for guides.

    2. Cross-train staff on using/creating photos/video/multimedia.

    3. Include Digital Development Team in planning for guides to adjust deadlines and prepare for digital elements.

    4. Encourage staff to plan and execute their own multimedia content for every story.

    5. Have a long-range plan that is updated dynamically.

  19. Bekah Tomlin
    Digital Managing Editor

    1. Promoting a “breaking news” mentality for all stories
    2. Designating on-call editors for “after hours” for stories we know are happening.
    3. Design a publishing time for stories throughout the day so there’s is always new content.
    4. Ensuring that reporters who are covering stories don’t have to leave for class as the event ends so that they have time to write and revise their stories.
    5. Set a goal for reporters to scoop a story that appears on a later MavWire or other newsletter.

  20. Dahlia Muana
    News Reporter

    1. Talk with editors frequently about beat, they can give a fresh outlook.
    2. Start making more connections in my beat & figure out key people.
    3. Get tips from others who have covered your beat.
    4. Use social media to promote/explore beat, reach out to agencies & companies.
    5. Do more background work before jumping into a story.

  21. Richard Hoang

    After looking through today’s front pages, here are 5 things that I’ve noticed about these pages.

    1. There’s a clear and dominate photo used for the main story.

    2. Brief headlines that tell the main story in the headline.

    3. A lot of stories told the big news of the weekend, the protest in NY over climate change. Something that a lot of people are talking about as the largest protest for climate change.

    4. Design of page 1 are very geometrical and easy to read and follow.

    5. Packaging for the main stories always included a dominate photo while some included a secondary photo.

  22. Mathew Shaw
    News Reporter

    1. I learned that I do not have to cover every single thing that goes on in my beat. This can save me if I already have a lot on my plate for one week. 😛
    2. I learned that it’s okay to interview sources even when I don’t have any particular story in mind, just to get ideas from them and to get to know them. Since a lot of my sources are college students and college students tend to love free coffee and lunch, I could gain a lot of allies using this technique.
    3. I learned neat websites journalists can use to help find knowledgeable sources (e.g. ProfNet), or to compile social media buzz into a story (e.g. Storify). ProfNet and Storify could work to my advantage since I write for a university paper and social media surrounding university functions tend to be energetic.
    4. I learned the three general areas for beat reporting: geographical, jurisdictional, or topical. My beat is topical since it relates to student events and student government.
    5. I learned how to map out my beat. This can come in handy since I live on campus and thus my sources should be relatively easy to find.

  23. 1. I need to visit practices more for all sports in order to gain a better knowledge of each team. I think if I had more time to visit practices I could break stories instead of the athletic department publishing them on first.

    2. I think I could use the pressers that we do after the games to pull trend stories for the print issue. For example, coach Seymour talked about how spacing was important for the team so we could run a story explaining what UTA Volleyball is aiming to do in terms of spacing.

    3. I need to stay in constant contact with the coaches and sports information directors. For example, although softball isn’t my beat, a story that could have run online today wasn’t able to because I wasn’t aware until it was too late.

    4. I need to find new ways to present news. I’m interested in doing video interviews. I was looking in the archives and I found a video Gus Contreras produced in which coach Cross explained the offensive and defensive strategy of the Men’s basketball team.

    5. Designating specific times when I’m working and then when I’m in class/doing school work is going to be a pivotal aspect of whether I’m successful or not at UTA. We’re only a month in, and I feel like I’ve put myself in a hole at times because I don’t go to class or I wait to work on class work and covering an event is affected because of that. Overall I expect more out of myself and I have to do better.

  24. April Agnew
    News Reporter

    1. I need to look at the calendar of events more regularly for the Division of Student Affairs. I need to see if there are any general meetings, which encompass many departments within the division, and make sure that I attend those every month or so. A lot of my stories tend to be very specific to a certain department, organization, or event. I think that from time to time, I need to take a step back and look at the division as a whole in order to see issues from a bigger picture perspective.

    2. I need to build better relationships with people within my beat. I need to make my interviews more conversational, so that the people on my beat that I need information from will feel more comfortable around me.

    3. I need to more carefully follow the organizations and figures on my beat on social media, in order to enhance communication, strengthen these professional relationships, and to be more knowledgable about what’s going on in their departments.

    4. Overall, I feel like I need to be more organized with my beat. I need to have all the databases of information that I may need to know about the student population, calendars of events, story ideas that people may give me, and contacts all in the same place and easily accessible.

    5. Overall, I want to be more careful and thorough about my beat reporting. I feel like there have been holes in my reporting lately. This is mainly because certain departments have more going on than others, but I need to consistently check in with people, even if I don’t expect anything.

  25. Frederick Tran

    1. Try to keep everything on the record- especially when it comes to information your sources should know firsthand.

    2. Off the record information can lead to other firsthand sources, that information may not be vital to the current piece but can be another story idea, so don’t turn them down.

    3. Use social media for more ideas. It can also double to find potential sources that are not your usual contacts.

    4. Don’t work without fact checking your sources. Try to use more than one source to double check that you have the right information.

    5. Visit other clubs or activities that are out of my comfort zone to get new perspectives and opinions.

  26. Laura Woodside

    For the newsfront design:

    Everything is strong.
    1. Strong photos – leave them wanting more which forces them to READ the stories
    2. Strong typography
    3. Strong teases – leave them wanting more which forces them to read the stories
    4. Strong color schemes
    5. Make it stick – don’t let them forget you, make a bold, memorable design style

  27. Samantha Cumberland
    News Reporter

    1. There are online resources like Storify that can compile the information I gather for a story and help me create reader-friendly information with it (excited to try this out!).
    2. Looking back at previous stories will help ensure that I am always looking for different perspectives and am putting the most up-to-date information out there. I’ll use this especially when reporting on a follow-up, and will check on my previous stories regularly to see if there are any opportunities for a follow up.
    3. There are 3 types of beats; territorial, jurisdictional and topical. Administration B would fall under jurisdictional.
    4. Diversifying your sources will give you different perspectives. Reaching out to the variety of people who are involved with research at UTA would be a good way to keep stories fresh and interesting.
    5. Creating a calendar would be a good way for me to keep track of meetings of all the organizations under the admin B beat.

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