CORRECTION: We incorrectly reported in our swine flu story that Janis Halpern said trips to Mexico had been canceled. She e-mailed to say that her comment was actually that NO trips to Mexico have been canceled. We need to correct this error prominently in Friday’s issue — perhaps as a follow-up story with an editor’s note at the top, or at least as a correction on the front page.
She is quite upset about this error, as she should be. This is an error of carelessness. After checking the version of the story on the server, Nick found that his original story was correct. That means that copyeditors introduced the error. This should justify my repeated calls for a tight, thorough and methodical copyediting process.
Also, the cutline on Andrew’s page 5 photo is incorrect. It lists the Swope Block as being between Cherry and Wabash. The Swope block is actually between Wabash Avenue and Ohio Street. We also need to note the date the photos were taken. This is why it’s important to have the photographers write their own cutlines.
… the look of the paper today! It’s very colorful and nicely designed. I applaud the innovation we showed in the headline on downtown renovations, as well as Nathan’s venture into infographics! The paper today just looks newsy and appealing. Love the book and glasses in the rail, too! Excellent job, Robin and the gang!
… a very timely and nicely reported story by Nick on the swine flu case in Indiana! He contacted many knowledgeable sources whose comments are essential for understanding the government and public health responses to this outbreak. His use of national and international information from the Associated Press provides important context to the story. Nathan’s infographic was a great idea, as well. Good job, Nick!
… a surprisingly engaging and super-readable story by Michael and Aliya on the BA/BS curricula!! I say surprising because it’s a very process-oriented story that one might not imagine as an entertaining read. But their great quotes and concise writing really allows the reader to tear through the story quickly. They have a strong nut graf about the upcoming Faculty Senate vote. They have fantastic data on the number of majors in various programs, which adds essential context to this kind of story. And I love, love, love that we got info on Rose Hulman’s program for comparison. Can’t say enough good things about this story! Great job, Michael and Aliya!
… Andrew’s downtown development story! He has wonderful comments from downtown leaders, and a forward-looking perspective on the children’s museum. His photos are nicely displayed with the text and really showcase the improvements the story dicusses. Nice job, Andrew!
… Aliya’s study week story! As usual, Ms. Aliya offers wonderful details from her interviews and really puts the reader in the moment. Some of the study tips in the story might have worked well as a more graphic presentation — a breakout box or some other story format. But the information is good and it’s a timely story. Good job, Aliya!
… Sports page 8! Ben Corn comes through with an eye-catching design and cool approach to the cross country stats box. His story also takes an innovative approach for the sports page by focusing on the economic impact of a national event on campus. This is something our news section could easily adopt to some of the events we cover. Excellent job, Ben!
Light a fire under…
… timely photos. Every photo in today’s paper is a file photo from months ago. While the photos work with the subjects they illustrate, we shouldn’t be publishing entire issues with no daily news or feature photos.
… simplicity and clarity. Our infographic is a great idea for the swine flu piece. However, the way the lines are drawn make it difficult to pinpoint the exact locations of the cases. Varying the trajectories of the lines and keeping them shorter would make the graphic more clear, I think.
… technology. We still have the four-color black in two grafs on the BS/BA degrees story. This is a recurring problem that I know is difficult to catch. However, we need to find a solution. Let’s talk about how to prevent this without complicating our editing process too much.
What if …
… we keep up the innovation for the last two issues! You all have shown a wonderful willingness to take risks and vary up our design and storytelling approaches. And while not every attempt succeeds, we are better as a staff for taking these calculated risks.
Every time you all try something new, you learn something you can pass along to the rest of the staff, and our readers take notice. Let’s keep being innovators!