July 23, 2018, critique

Praises Excellent piece by Jessie on Lisa Freeman. A lot of good quotes and good questions. I’m glad you got her on the record about why she didn’t initially want the job. Photo of the week Cris took this wonderful shot on Page 1 that captures Lisa Freeman. Note the lighting from the left of…

Covering a protest/rally

A local AFSME union is holding a rally/protest today in Altgeld Hall. Events such as this are fairly common, and there’s a good chance any of you could be drafted to cover one at a moment’s notice. Here are some tips: How to cover a protest/rally Do your homework ahead of time Read past coverage…

One of the best accuracy checklists I’ve seen

Frank Fee’s 44 Tips for Greater Accuracy How to avoid mechanical/objective errors in your newspaper Always do the math. Don’t rely on another person’s figures. Remember that “officials” and “experts” may be as bad at math as journalists. Don’t be too busy or proud to consult a math text or math guide–and have one available….

July 16, 2018, critique

Praises Lucas’ piece on Starbucks getting rid of straws was the standout in this edition. It took a clear stance, included research and context and acknowledged competing viewpoints. Page design is coming along, guys! We are doing a great job with headline hierarchy and designing around dominant art. The next step is to add more…

June 25, 2018, critique

Praises Ginger’s piece on “Jurassic World” was a smart, authoritative and enlightening piece. This is because of the context, facts and informed opinions she included along with an easy-to-read but not dumbed-down writing style. Cheers to Ginger! Best lead None stands out. Photo of the week None stands out. Best headline ‘Roseanne’ without Barr Clever,…