Each of these stories touch on topics that are hard to talk about, especially for high school students. These stories are similar to stories that would be seen in big publications such as the New York Times because they deal with such sensitive topics. Bigger publications would be more likely to write about these topics but on a bigger scale that can relate to the whole country.
I think that “In the Dark” required the most reporting. They had multiple sources within the story and there were numerous statistics pointed out within the story as well. I think that all of the stories took a lot of reporting and research because without it these stories would not be as strong.
I think the story about the feminine products was my favorite. I related with this story more than I did with any other story. I also enjoyed this story because it was written by a high school student and her descriptions are on target with the way that I felt when trying to conceal feminine products in high school.
Any of these stories could be written about Piedmont. Not so much the stories about sexual harassment only because that is not something that I have ever heard about being a problem at the school. There is such a diverse group of people on campus that you could potentially interview anyone on campus. Even if they did not relate with the topic at hand, they most likely know someone who would.
I was surprised by the high quality of the articles from this week, considering that they all came from high school and college publications. In most ways, they blend in well with stories that one would see in professional publications. I suppose the biggest difference would be the scale of the stories: professional publications would focus on much broader subjects that apply to a larger audience.
‘In the Dark” from the College Heights Herald seems to have required the most reporting to produce. It’s filled with an impressive array of well-researched information that works well to build a compelling story. On the flip side, I think “Feminine Products Kept Hidden” required the least amount of research. That being said, the feminine products story was one of my favorite from this week’s set. The intensiveness of reporting doesn’t always directly correlate with the quality of a story.
“In the Dark” was ultimately my favorite story from this week. What first caught my eye was the impressive design of the article. The high-quality design was followed up with an equally impressive story, full of well-research statistics, quotes, screenshots, and infographics.
Any of these stories could be written with a focus on Piedmont College (although hopefully less information would be found on sexual assault.) In pretty much any case, it would be important to interview people on both ends of the hierarchy: President Mellichamp and members of the general student body.
From the way I see it, each of these stories report on issues that one could very well see be reported in bigger, more professional publications. Their use of detailed writing and the strengths that each story carries in its reporting are all potentially professional publication worthy. The difference is, these stories take a more specific, local approach to their reporting, such as the Clarke Case story. This story is reporting on a topic that could potentially happen at any school and is definitely a widespread issue. However, the reporter stuck to their own domain in terms of location.
The story that took the most reporting seems to be “In the Dark.’ That story had several different interviews and statistics related to the state schools it was reporting on. The story that took the least seems to be ‘Feminine products kept hidden.’ That story relied more on personal accounts and standard statistics about the topic. I believe that ‘more reporting equaling a better story’ can go either way. It’s better to have three powerful, eye opening accounts than six ‘meh’ quotes. Quality over quantity.
My favorite story was ‘In the Dark.’ The inclusion of official documents, in addition to its extensive reporting and very effective quotes, all worked together to create a near seamless story based on its rather hot button topic.
It would be rather easy to take almost any of these stories and give it “The Roar” treatment. For example, the ‘Academic Success for Sale’ story. While I’ve never actually done this, nor been told about it at Piedmont, there’s a pretty high chance that students from both the past and present have had impersonators take classes for them. For this story, I’d interview professors, namely those who teach a mix of in person and online classes. I’d also interview current students and alumni about this.
Each of these articles deals with a subject that can sometimes be difficult to discuss. I believe these articles are similar to those in the New York Times in that they deal with such topics. I believe the New York Times would write stories like this, but on a much broader spectrum. These seem to be mostly local and relating it to a larger topic.
I believe the story that required the most reporting was the “In the Dark” article. There were multiple people involved in this story, and it also provided a lot of statistics. It seemed to me that there was a numerous amount of research that went into this story. I also think The Clarke Case and Academic Success For Sale required a great amount of reporting. With the topics covered, you can’t just wing it. It takes time and lot of research, time and reporting.
I think my favorite was the one about the feminine products because I remember being that girl who was scared just like the girl in the article was. It’s just the way we are, and I like the quote at the end. It’s something that everyone tries to keep private, but something all women can relate to on some level.
I think you could easily turn any of these stories in to something relevant to Piedmont. You could do something with the In The Dark story. This is a big topic right now and one that I feel people are interested in. Since Durden just did a capstone on something similar, I could interview her. The Academic Success For Sale would definitely be something that Piedmont could cover. If the president would be willing, he would be a good interview and even any of the professors.
I think these stories covered good topics, and it’s always interesting to read things that are about people our age or were written by people our age.
I feel like event stories go into detail about a newsworthy story rather than covering the main points within the event. When taking minutes at a meeting, you will jot down the important topics that were discussed, but they do not go into much detail about what was said. Event coverage however, focuses on a specific section from the event and gives as much information to the reader as possible.
In most of these stories, getting quotes from other people was as much outside reporting that needed to be done. Really, all that needed to be done was to attend the event and talk to others who were there also and get their opinions on the event.
These stories came across as news stories to me, probably because they all covered newsworthy events. They focus heavily on certain information throughout the story which makes me think of feature stories, but the topics are what bring them back to being news stories.
To me, event coverage stories are vastly different form taking minutes at a meeting. From the way I see it, when you’re taking meeting minutes, you’re essentially taking down the highlights of what is going on during the meeting, without going into much, if any, detail. Only the highlights, does not a good event story make. You could almost view a set of meeting minutes as the rough draft of a fully formed event coverage story. These event coverage stories were a lot more fleshed out than a set of meeting minutes, complete with background information on the subjects and outside reporting.
Speaking of, there was a decent amount of additional reporting that had to be done to write these event stories. The reporter needs to have a good amount of background information to really get the full point across to the reader. Someone who didn’t know Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s story before reading the story, will now know enough about her to fully realize the impact of her speech at UGA.
In my opinion, these stories are written more like news stories, though they definitely have aspects of the descriptive features writing style added into them. They focus on the event at hand, while simultaneously adding in elements of background information and descriptive writing that are often showcased in feature stories.
Event coverage, at its most basic core, communicates the “five Ws and the H”: who, what, where, when, why and how. All of the stories that we read this week, however, do a whole lot more than that. In addition to explaining the vital information of events, they carefully scoop pockets of detailed information that breath importance into the story. Taking minutes at a meeting may serve the same basic purpose as writing event coverage, but the journalistic story should take it a step further by walking the reader through why the event was important to them.
Additional reporting is also necessary for event coverage. This unlocked background information can be used to build a strong base for your story and give rich context to the happenings of the event.
On the surface, I think these stories come across more as news stories than features. (They are, after all, explaining a newsworthy event.) Looking at them a bit closer, though, they tend to focus on rich pockets of information that remind me a lot of features stories.
Event coverage differs from taking minutes at a meeting in many ways. When taking minutes, you just note who was or wasn’t there and keep track of what was talked about in the meeting, but in event coverage you also go into people’s history and how they are impactful at the event. For event coverage, you have to talk about the history or backstory of the event. You also have to touch on why it is significant.
Doing your research, both about the people and the actual event, is where most of the additional reporting lies. Event coverage stories are definitely more news-oriented, but also have hints of feature articles in them too. The news parts of the stories are in the actual details of the event, while the aspects of feature stories are found when talking about the history of the individuals participating in the event.
I think event coverage is different than taking minutes at a meeting in that there is more detail. For a meeting, I feel like you just right down the main points, but you don’t expound on them much. With these articles, there was a story behind each, and I loved that.
I think the only additional reporting in these stories were the quotes from different people talking about the event or the topic. To get all of this information, all these reporters had to do was attend the event. The one about the students from Parkland was pretty straight forward. When I was reading, it just seemed more like a dialogue to me. It was the same way with the Trump article and the one about Charlayne Hunter-Gault. The one about the Peabody awards was a little different with quotes from people in attendance.
I think most of them were written like news stories, but they have the potential to become a feature story. With the article about Parkland, they could have easily taken that and turned it into a feature with stories about the kids. I think the article that was closest to a feature story was the one about Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
These weren’t my favorite articles just because I don’t think they are as entertaining as a feature or something to that nature.