Correction: We flipped (inverted) at least two photos in the photo spread on page 8. The snowman in the apron is obviously inverted because the text on the apron reads backward. The close-up of Catino Davis shows his arm on the opposite side in the online slideshow, so not sure which version is correct. Inverting photos is a big no-no in journalism. I’m sure this was unintentional, but we need to run a correction for Monday.
… Snow Day package!!!! Brava to Ms. Heidi Staggs for her trudging through the snow to get these fun and newsy shots! We rarely have classes canceled on this campus due to snow. That, in itself, is news. But when students take it upon themselves to frolic and play together, we need to capture that. That’s what this photo spread does. Excellent job with the headline design, as well. The front page looks great. More fun features like this, please!
… great photos by Amanda and a newsy story by Aliya of Shirley Jones’s performance! Amanda’s photos do a wonderful job capturing Jones’s emotion and energy. The color in the photos is lovely. The best part of Aliya’s story is the ample background info she weaves throughout. Great context for students who may be too young to understand her celebrity.
… another solid contribution by Melissa Morris! In her second effort, she gives readers an engaging and concise story on the University Honors Journal. Her lede is creative and her quotes are strong. Keep up the good work!
,,, Nick’s story on the Blue Crew! His piece goes beyond the typical organizational meeting announcement. He gets great comments from officials about the nature of school spirit and what it means, in real terms, to the campus community. Great job, Nick!
Light a fire under…
… headlines. We use the verb “to face” in both sports headlines today. Editors, be sure to vary headline wording and type size on every page.
… online video. There was much discussion on Wednesday of getting online video of snow day action. We lost valuable daylight waiting for a snowball fight at Wolfe Field. Yet, today there is no video. The action and sounds of snow frolicking make for wonderful feature opportunities. We missed a big opportunity by not capturing it.
… we take your wildest fantasies (well, PG rated) and turn them into story ideas?!
Ever wanted to climb Mt. Everest? Is there someone on our campus who climbs mountains we could profile?
Ever wanted to be a supermodel? Are there fashion business majors or students paying their way through school by modeling?
Ever wanted to be a millionaire? Do we have any lottery winners among our students? Are any of our students or faculty running million-dollar businesses?
Ever wanted to meet a celebrity? Which of our students have ties to fame? Do we have kinfolk of celebrities around here?
My point is, anything that gets you excited and imaginging has great potential for story ideas. Merv and Marcy and I consider journalism to be the most fun job we have had in our lives. We want doing journalism to be fun for you, too.
Take advantage of your role as journalists to explore some of the wilder corners of your imagination!