Cross Platform Critique

Chicago Tribune (Newspaper)

For Pearl Harbor dead, a final rest,” by Ted Gregory.il_ct

Content quality: The sources used for this timely article about the Pearl Harbor attack were substantial and appropriate. Sources interviewed included past servicemen, family members of the deceased, and professional scientists from the DNA laboratory. The reporting was very clear and comprehensive, ethical and well-balanced. Important questions were answered in the article and information was clearly conveyed. Readers were served well with an informative and timely story on Pearl Harbor.

Editing issues: I would rewrite the last sentence in the second paragraph because I was confused and had to reread the sentence a couple times. No other errors or grammatical issues were found and no need to change the structure or approach of the story.

Composition, design, and display: The design of the article in the Chicago Tribune was nicely done and I think enhanced the story. The visuals used for the story were amazing and very helpful to readers especially the captions for the photos. The headline could be a lot better and less confusing. I like the use of pull quotes in this article and the bold headings to section off the story, for example “Hopeful phone call.”

Editorial challenges: The biggest challenge for this article in the editing process was to place the article on the front page and as the feature story. I think it was risky using this story because the news didn’t really impact a lot of people and didn’t seem that important. Obviously, the news was timely since the country is remembering the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, but the editor had to decide where to place the story to get their readers interested and I think this may have been the biggest challenge.

Chicagotribune.com (Online)

Chicago Tribune article

Content quality: The sources used for this article was a press conference with GMs from the Cubs and Royals, which were substantial and appropriate sources. The reporting was comprehensive and ethical, but unbalanced to favor the Chicago Cubs side of the player trade signing. Key questions about the story were answered and even speculation of the future for both teams was added. The audience was served well.

Editing issues: There aren’t any errors nor any grammar issues in the story. No major changes in structure or approach needed.

Composition, design, and display: The design of the digital site is clean and simple. The photos used were nicely placed on the website and the videos from the press conference was great added media. I didn’t like the headline, but thought it was effective for readers of the site.

Editorial challenges: The biggest challenge of this article in the editing process is the columnists added perspective and opinion, which is ok for a column but having the wrong opinion may scare away readers. The editor would have to know or speculate the audience reaction prior to the release of the column, and eventually come to a decision to use or discard the reporter’s insights.

ESPN The Magazine (Magazine)

The Mastermind,” by Wright Thompsonmag_10032016_289x350

Content quality: The sources used for this story were substantial and appropriate. The reporting was very comprehensive, ethical, yet seemed biased towards the featured person Theo Epstein. All questions were answered throughout the article and the information was clearly conveyed. As with all Wright Thompson article, the reporter never lets down his audience and always serves them well with an amazing read.

Editing issues: There were no errors or grammatical issues found in the story. There are no needed changes in structure or approach in this article.

Composition, design, and display: The design of the magazine definitely enhanced the story due to the aesthetically pleasing layout and flow of the read. The photos and visual for the story are beautifully placed throughout the story, with photos blown up to fill up an entire page. I believe the headline was effective in getting the reader’s attention, and the use of pull quotes also kept the reader engaged.

Editorial challenges: The biggest challenge for this story in the editorial process is getting Wright Thompson to quit interviewing sources and to write the actual story. Thompson is known for going extremely in-depth with his stories and going overboard with sources to interview. I can only imagine how hard it is to be an editor for high-profile writers like Thompson, but getting his stories by deadline seems like the hardest challenge for an editor. Reporting is a key part of writing the story, but journalist don’t generally have all the time in the world to interview every single source and getting the story written by deadline is equally just as important.

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