News Essay

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So those words may seem contradictory, but not in an editorial. It's power is not just to inform, but to persuade. Presenting fact is just as important to opinion like in Dr. Klapak's examples about town hall meetings or the divide between Democrat and Republican in his CA 100 class. People get too wrapped up in emotion or half-facts. Where is the whole truth?

One thing I would like to see more (not just in the Setonian) is the opposing side's argument presented on the opposite side. We did this a lot in at Reservoir High and it sparked a lot of debate.

Also, presenting a change to make is better than just complaining. Like saying your dorm sucks because it's too cold, overcrowded, etc. Do you propose a plan or file a report with maintainence? Do you speak to RA's or bring it up at the next floor meeting? If not, stop complaining.


Angela Palumbo said:

I agree with you about the Setonian. An opposing opinion would bring more readers because people are drawn to controversy. I can virtually hear the news circulating around geeky English classrooms, "Did you hear about the heated academic disagreement going on in the Setonian where two opposing views are presented, both very credible? It's great writing." Ok...maybe it wouldn't be exactly like that but close. :)

The Setonian could use an editorial page editor, whose job would be to solicit essays from people with well-informed opinions. I'd love to see a regular "From the Left / From the Right" pair of columns, in which both writers have the chance to read and comment on the other writer's draft. In an educational environment, we win minds by being more reasonable and presenting more convincing evidence, rather than mocking the other side.

Aja Hannah said:

In editorials, can there be a bias or conflict on interest then with the reporters that write the editorials? Because then they can use their authority on the matter, their news-style skills to write the article, and be persuasive/educated/opinionated.

The Setonian could also start with simple debates like Republican/Democrat, Healthcare, Abortion, School Uniforms (some colleges implement strong dress policies), and all those normals ones. Or we could be more abstract and appeal to the pop nature like Angelina and Brad versus Brad and Jen.

Jessie Krehlik said:

Aja, do you remember the Setonian's coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election last year? If memory serves me right, I think Dani made a point of including a few Rep vs. Dem debates in the issues leading up to the election. You're absolutely right about including opposing view though. If you only have quotes from people who agree with the argument you're trying to make in a news story, it shouldn't really be called a news story, do you think? You have to include at least one opposing argument in order to strengthen your own argument. The same goes for a good editorial. And, you need to offer ways to improve something that you're bashing as well. It's a lot harder than I'd like to admit, don't you think?

Aja Hannah said:

I don't much remember the 2008 election coverage, but I wish we had more of those juxtaposed views. For editorials it can even be good if you just have once voice in the story and then an opposing voice in a story right next to it. (And show somehow that these stories are obviously related.)

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