Super Bowl, super issue!

Today’s paper is full of bright spots! Heidi’s Super Bowl reaction shots nicely captured the Saints victory and the Colts defeat. Our inside photos (with the exception of page 2) were much sharper and less muddy than past issues. Good job, Heidi!

Cool World of Warcraft package on page 6! Welcome to Kaiulani Anderson-Ligget and Noah Leinimger! Kauilani’s stories are about gaming’s role in the lives of people on our campus. She does a great job showing the impact of Warcraft from people’s downtime to the classroom. Wonderful job, Kaiulani! And great planning by Harold, great graphic by Noah!!!

Caitlin and Travis offer effective and thoughtful reviews of “Precious,” a film that is outside of the typical college-aimed feel-good realm of our audience. I would love to see more reviews of films people might not have seen. Well done!

Overall, a solid issue. I give it .

As for last week’s issues, I have a few comments/suggestions.

MONDAY, Feb. 1

This issue didn’t work visually at all. The photo cutout on the front was poorly executed and didn’t make much sense in the scope of the whole design. The story content seemed haphazard and poorly planned. This issue was not our best work.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3

The Health Center follow-up by Nick and Heidi was much needed and nicely reported. Good job to both! The BLC preview and feature on Andrew Young was well planned within the context of the whole BLC coverage. Nice job to Harold!

The inside content, however, was poorly executed. Our Facebook story, which was supposed to hold, runs without mugs of “doppelgangers,” which was the whole point of the story. Our Bob Heaton story has no photo, but our economic panel is photo-only. This is totally backwards. This issue seemed to flaunt the planning that went into it and just “wing it.” An unfortunate turn of events.

Finally, our lead Health Center photos are very dull and staged. This is partly due to a question about what legal access we have to photograph patients. Just to clarify, a law known by the acronym HIPAA prevents health officials from giving out any private patient information to anyone who is not authorized by the patient. However, if we are in a health care setting and ask a patient if we can photograph them, they can give their permission. So just ask the person themselves. Don’t assume you are violating any law.

This issue’s verdict: .

FRIDAY, Feb. 5

Cool light sabers! If I were of a different generation, I might question whether this story was really the biggest news. However, knowing Gen X-ers the way I do, this package will JUMP off the stand to anyone under the age of 40. So, way to know your audience! Rachel’s story is detailed and does a great job explaining how the “light sabers” fit into the larger project at Third Street and I-70. Well done!

The newsiness continues on the front with the Andrew Young speech coverage. I love that we packaged Greg’s column with Trever’s story. Nicely executed! I’m also glad we held Jenny’s story on the professor’s patent until we could get it on the front with an image. Reggie’s piece on Lukas Nelson was a nice follow-up, although I think he’d appreciate it if we didn’t put “Willie Nelson’s son” in the headline anymore. He is, in fact, his own talent. Good photos by Reggie in low light, as well. Would’ve liked to see the audience, though.

Inside content is less successful. The “Photos of the Week” screams “space filler” to me; also wasn’t available online by Friday afternoon. Page 8 sports was visually dullsville. A gray blanket of text.

The verdict: .

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