Effective stories over the last few days have included some common elements—a strong lede, good use of background, fully-rounded quotes. Consult the following examples:
–Neetish on Leaders Educating About Diversity
–Reese on Parallel Construction
Excellent beat work within the last week also has included common themes: paying attention, staying on top of people and events, checking in regularly, writing the stories that matter on your beat, even if it’s a small development. Some examples include Madelyn’s beat coverage of Liberal Arts (a visiting poet, dean out-of-office hours); Destiny on FSL (changes to bid day); Ian, Jayla and Nana on Sports (volleyball, cross country, women’s golf); Anna on Business (foreign language gives you a boost in business)
Many thanks to Rebekah, Allee and Ed who traveled to Dallas to cover the Dallas Pride events and delivered colorful writing, photography and video to our readers.
Multimedia also has knocked it out of the park with work ethic. Winston ran along with the cross-country runners over the weekend. Duy delivered a solid classroom shot with the labor economist speech.
Juan created two lovely, lively piece of art to accompany Cassidy’s women’s self –defense story and Anna’s foreign language story. Both really beefed up our online display.
We’re burying ledes. Let’s find them and showcase them where they should be—at the top of the story.
The Dallas Pride story could have used the UTA student as an anecdotal lede and been more effective.
The fiber optics story lede should have been about how this is the first major acquisition of equipment for this optical communications laboratory since it opened in 2003. The quote alone makes that case.
“This new piece of equipment certainly breathes a totally new sign of life in our laboratory,” Vasilyev said.
This information was toward the bottom of the story. It would have made a great top. It’s the news.
Line editors: if you notice examples like these, don’t be afraid to pull them up. It’s OK to move it or reconstruct the story. Your job is to work in tandem with the reporter to make their story better.
On Multimedia, the photo illustration with the “Netflix and Chill” story just didn’t translate. I don’t really understand how this encapsulates the story.
To test it out, look at the photo alone and ask if we can tell what the story is about without the story alongside it. Does it hold up?