[Edprof] Seeking stories with big-picture flaws

Hugh J. Martin hjmartin at uga.edu
Mon Aug 27 09:36:16 PDT 2007


Here is one from this morning's Inside Higher Education.  The reason 
bacground on the firing is at the end of the story.


Hugh J. Martin, Ph.d
Associate Professor
Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication
University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.  30602-3018
Phone: 706-542-5033
e-mail: hjmartin at uga.edu
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Susan Keith" <susank at scils.rutgers.edu>
To: <edprof at editteach.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 2:53 PM
Subject: [Edprof] Seeking stories with big-picture flaws

> Dear editing profs,
> At this time of year, I'm always trawling for published stories with
> big-picture flaws -- buried ledes, unanswered questions, missing
> explanations, unfocused chronology, etc. -- for use in class. Stories of
> this type -- I like to call them "head-scratchers" -- have bigger problems
> than AP style or grammar errors. They're priceless for use in class, I
> think, because such stories are harder for an editing prof to "create" 
> than
> stories involving AP style and grammar errors and because these sorts of
> big-picture flaws can be big turn-offs for readers.
> I imagine that many of you are looking for and saving your own
> "head-scratchers." How about, as a way to generate some immediately useful
> conversation on this list, we share some of our best bad-story examples?
> Here's a link to a story I'll be using in class:
> http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2007/07/propst_says_allegations_are_no.html It
> was the lead story on the top of A1 in the mid-sized newspaper from my
> hometown about a month ago. As you read, notice how far down you have to 
> go
> before you learn what the allegations are.
> Susan Keith, Ph.D.
> Assistant professor
> Department of Journalism and Media Studies
> School of Communication, Information and Library Studies
> Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
> 4 Huntington Street
> New Brunswick, NJ 08901
> (732) 932-7500, ext. 8235
> susank at scils.rutgers.edu
> www.scils.rutgers.edu/~susank
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