September 24, 2005

NewsWriting: Spot News Differences

The Setonian's article about DeChantal Hall's opening was more focused on DeChantal herself: it called to light her education, her service, and an anecdote about how she earned the nickname "Dish." Then, a partial column was dedicated to student thoughts on the actual building.

The spotnews exercise I wrote focused primarily on the actual hall, and left out the education and anedotal stories.

The student comment in the publication was interesting because it served two functions: to grab and capture a student voice, as well as relay facts about the new Hall.

This article allows me to re-examine my article and perhaps include aspects such as anecdote.

If space would permit in the student publication, it would have been nice to see a feature on the Sister and then, the story on the Hall. Alas space is costly and operating budgets are small....if one reads the front page headline, perhaps there is a place The Setonian and other small, liberal arts factions could turn to for a slice of a larger budget.

Posted by KatieAikins at September 24, 2005 12:58 PM

I noticed the same differences with my article. I tried to write an article about the reactions to those in attendence, but I ended up with a dry "report." By reading the other artcile, I now see the importance of a specific focus.

Posted by: Katie Lambert at September 24, 2005 7:59 PM

I enjoyed looking at the different angles everybody used to write their stories - it really emphasized how no two articles can be alike. Just because two people see the same event and interview the same people, doesn't mean that their story will be similar at all. Finding the unique twist to a story is fun and challenging!

Posted by: Johanna at September 26, 2005 10:22 PM

Johanna and Katie ---- Writing can be dry, but like Lamb said ---- it is important to review in order to gain new perspectives. Hats off to all since this is the first time we ever had to do anything like this! :)

Posted by: Katie Aikins at September 26, 2005 11:49 PM

I also found that amazing twist to the story i wrote from the one in the school paper. If you read my blog you will get what I am saying. I saw where i could have done more to my article and what over points of view i could have written about.

Posted by: Denamarie at September 27, 2005 5:52 PM