Good follow-up from Audrey on the Student Government beat on the Office of International Education creating a web page detailing steps to attain a driver’s license and state identification in Texas. She also jumped on the news from the meeting about the day before Thanksgiving becoming a student holiday.
Kyle wrote a thorough and timely Staff Advisory Council story about workplace bullying. Good quotes!
The CAPS Cares campaign from CommUNITY Voices is a smart, thoughtful approach to elevating mental health awareness. It’s a great use of resources and so far has provided a variety of perspectives. It’s powerful messaging about a sensitive topic coming directly from students. Keep it coming!
Chanel wrote a solid story about the Lockheed Martin Career Development Center scoring two Next Generations Initiative grants. It explained each program in depth and showed how it related to other efforts in the center. Good perspective.
Hana found an interesting nursing beat story about the link between cancer and zinc. It was a smart and timely research story told well.
Daniel’s gallery of State Fair of Texas photos is beautiful. There are some great stand-alone images in there.
Nice shots by Duy at the Founder’s Day event !
Speaking of Founder’s Day, Anna picked her shot of her coverage and wrote a fun story about an historical stone from the university’s past against the backdrop of Founder’s Day coverage. She even interviewed Dr. Karbhari about it there. It was a nimble move and the best way to tell the story. She had three sources and wrote tight. This is a great example of using event coverage to tell the best story. It also included a fun stone headline: “University leaves no stone unturned.”
Good, quick work by Reese getting an interview with the new interim CAPPA dean. It’s always great when the beat reporter can handle breaking news that affects their coverage area.
Excellent sourcing by Max on the birth control story. This was a timely story that was a good move for Life to pursue.
Christina has done wonderful work on the CAPS Cares logo and the super informative graphic on the Ozone. Now that’s an informational graphic!
Anthony shot a fun Bed Races advance video. You could tell he enjoyed interacting with the subjects and making the video.
Colby has tackled the tough topic of how the city is going to implement firefighter civil service. It’s a difficult but important topic that voters approved in May. Proud of him for taking this on and telling it thoroughly and carefully.
The headline on the Staff Advisory Council story—“Staff Advisory Council talks bullying with Karbhari”—would have been clearer if we had added “workplace.”
We continue to have email-only relationships with some of our deans. Let’s make an effort to get in the room, or at least on the phone, with these major sources. It takes all hands on deck, not just from the reporters. This should involve editors as well.
The Hispanic-serving campus story was well-sourced, but we let some of those sources off the hook by not pressing for follow-up comment on two occasions:
“UTA has student success mechanisms in place, which Barnes said help students overcome any potential academic or personal issues.” What personal issues? What kinds of academic issues?
“Spanish senior Claudia Martinez Ponce is the president of La Sociedad Hispanica and said getting education from a good institution is getting more importance, considering the complex societal and political situation Hispanics are having to face.” What are we talking about here? We can’t assume readers know.
We need to press our sources for more specifics, more details. Continue to ask “such as?” when the folks we interview give us answers that need—sometimes demand– a follow-up.
The headline on the budget story, “University’s total operating budget rises” should instead read “increases.”