Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Home invasion suspect dies of gunshot wound


This is a story about a death. On the 28th, five men invaded a home of some Wright State students with a plastic weapon and managed to force one of the students to the ground. During the struggle, the student called to his roommate, who entered the room with a real gun and shot two of the invaders, one of whom this story directly speaks about. That man has died.

I only have a few small complaints about this story. For one thing, the headline talks exclusively about the man who died, but the story dwells longer on the previous story about the break-in. It is good to have the context, but the way this is written, the story seems slightly misleading about its content. The only other comment that I have is that they might have included more about the man who died - the hospital, maybe, or where he was from. The article, perhaps out of respect for the deceased, also does not include a picture of the man that the article is written about.

Otherwise, I applaud the use of multiple platforms to tell the story - the page includes text, images, and video to tell the story. And, in slightly more nit-picky praise, I applaud the correct grammar in the first sentence.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Joe vs. Hil in 2016

Blog Post: “Jocular Joe vs. hard-charging Hil”
Clare Palo

In this article the author discusses the hot topic of who will be the next “Barack Obama” in 2016. The media has created a tight “race” between what they think are the next top 2 candidates: Hilary Clinton, former Secretary of State and Vice President, Joe Biden. Hilary has stated numerous times in press interviews that she is not planning to run again in 2016, and she has retired from the political business. So why does the media insist she is the next controversial presidential runner? Is the media creating their own news? Are they basing their hunches on actual evidence or assumptions? Does this Huffington Post have factual evidence, and is it relevant to the current political issues? It seems the article is highlighting the “what-ifs” because there is a lack of political news, with the 2012 election being over, and Obama being inaugurated last week. The country has just elected a president into office, and the media is already discussing a new one. Does this article present a form of bias, by telling the public that Hilary Clinton is in the running for the next president of the United States? The headline also states “Joe vs. Hil,” but mentions little about Joe and why they believe he is Hilary’s competition. Is this fair journalism, or sloppy speculation?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome to our class blog

Hello everyone, and welcome to the class blog for Clay Carey’s section of Journalism 231a (News Writing). I hope this blog will become a place where we can read, discuss and learn from excellent journalism.

For that to happen, the class must populate it with good stories. I want those stories to come from a variety of sources, and I hope that in the process of seeking them out we all discover high quality news sources that we didn’t know about prior to this class.

In this post, I will share some of the outlets that I turn to for good journalism. I will also set up some ground rules for blog posts that should keep all of us on the same page as we look for stories to post.