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Kudos to Duy and Kyle for covering the Women’s March in Dallas and finding the issues within the overall event. We’ve seen a lot of protest and march coverage within the last year, but as we head into 2018, it’s important that we seek out specifics and people’s stories and life experiences that resonate beyond a sign or microphone. These demonstrations across the country dominated the news cycle over the weekend so it’s important that we kept up with our local version of this for our readers.
Reese did a nice job on this lede for his advance story on the upcoming Activity Fair Day:
“More than 170 organizations, businesses and colleges will be represented Wednesday to demonstrate ways students can get involved in activities outside of their classes.”
This confident lede sets up the story well, is specific and tells us everything we need to know about why we are reading it and why now. That’s the purpose of a lede. Good job.
“Library policy change limits guest computer usage” was clear and to the point and told readers exactly what the story was about. Well done.
Cutlines have been clear and concise and have included two complete sentences containing reported information. Good work. Keep it up!
Good job by social over the weekend with clean, clear, explanatory writing on posts that introduced our content. The explainer on Reese’s semi-truck accident story was especially well done.
Also, congrats on the summary card. Looks professional!
We had some sloppy line editing over the weekend. In Kyle’s protest story, Republican should have been upper-cased; Trump lacked a first reference; the story should have said “Saturday” not “yesterday.” These are the types of fixes that need to be caught in line editing and copy editing, yet they were published.
It seems like we struggled with having enough images to include in multimedia galleries this weekend. We only have three in the paint party and we have a full gallery for men’s basketball but not for women’s. Shoot lots—that’s how you improve as a photographer! And if we only have three publishable images, imbed them in the story, don’t build a slide show.
We need to be careful allowing sources that we quote state things that can’t really be proven. In the library story, we ran the following quote:
“Most people don’t even have access to a laptop, and they come over here to the library to do their research,” Meghani said.
First of all, who are “most people”? And how do we know that they don’t have access to laptops? This is way too general and it deserves a bit of pushback on the source. It’s possible if we ask it again, they might say “many” or even back off or, even better, elaborate on why they think they know that. But we won’t know if just accept these unverifiable statements for fact, even if they are a direct quote. We don’t have to use them.