Thursday, November 30, 2006

11/27 Sunflower

On the cover of Monday's Sunflower was an article titled "Adams narrows OMA director search to five." I had no idea who Adams was. I had to wait until the second paragraph of the article to figure out that Adams is Cheryl Adams, Dean of Students. I'm fairly certain that I'm not the only one who doesn't know who Cheryl Adams is. I think a better headline would have been "Dean narrows OMA director search to five."

11/30 Sunflower

The Sunflower's Wednesday article "Draft not fit for students" had a couple of errors.

First, the sixth paragraph reads "College is an important part of people's lives; it's a time for their to find themselves." The sentence was obviously supposed to say "it's a time for them to find themselves."

Second, the ninth paragraph makes a politically incorrect comment, "How often have we seen the pictures of families crying as their military men are shipped off?" Men aren't the only ones being sent to Iraq to fight. Women are being sent as well.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Last blog of the semester!

For my last blog of the semester I guess I just wanted to touch on a couple of things I have noticed. I have never noticed that there is a corrections portion of the Sunflower that appears above the staff box. I am going to start looking there more often to see if the amount of corrections that actually needed to be corrected occur. I also wanted to comment that the U View in Monday's paper about the Mason/Shox game last week not being on the front page is true. There is no reason that the Shox finally beating them shouldn't have been front page news, because rarely does something happen around here that would be more interesting to students than men's basketball winning a big game.
Wow! It's totally harp-on-the-Sunflower day...Not that we don't really deserve it; there are some harsh misspellings and grammatical errors in yesterday's paper. Anywho, I was just commenting on the little box in the bottom left-hand corner that teases Friday's story about shopping procrastinators. It doesn't say when or where the story is or will be, and if I'm not mistaken, I'm pretty sure last-minute is hyphenated. Here's one that's especially embarrassing, and it's totally my fault. I wrote a last-minute (haha) story about how to prepare yourself, your home and your car for winter weather. Under tips for the car, I accidentally wrote that you should consistently check your exhaust system fluid levels. This morning, my car-savvy male counterpart, Todd, told me that there was no such thing. My bad! Oh goodness...just one more day of bitching people...

Monday, November 27, 2006

Crazy quote

At first I thought it was going to be difficult to find something to mention in this blog. I was reading the November 20 edition of The Sunflower, however, and I found a quote I can't believe. The story the quote ran in is called, "Students want more time in Elliott labs," and is on the front page.

"Sometimes it's like, man, if I could just work for another hour, but then they come in and kick you out," he said.

Wow. I can't beleive it. I've read it five times and I still can't believe it. What kind of quote is that? I bet it would have been possible to pull more sense out of that interviewee than that, especially if that interviewee is part of Studio B, as the article says. Rawson should know how to construct a better sound byte than that.

The rest of the article is all right. There are a few grammatical errors, of course, but it sounds all right. It is so easy in journalism to make people sound stupid. If you want to do that, all you have to do is quote them exaclty, leaving in every "um" "like" and "man." I thought there was an unwritten rule (maybe it's a written rule, I don't know because I can't find it in me to read my textbooks) that journalists should cut out the phrases and words that bear no meaning in a given sentence. What did this quote mean? It meant: Rawson sometimes wants to work for another hour, but is kicked out before his work is finished. If the quote sounds ridiculous, and this one does, then it should be trimmed or paraphrased.

As it is, it brings down the projected I.Q. of the interviewee, the reporter, the article, and the newspaper by a lot of points. If reporters didn't paraphrase and trim what our dear president says, he would sound far less intelligent than he sounds now. It is a matter of courtesty and professionalism, is it not?

RE: Reuben Eckels

Yes, there was a story in The Sunflower a little bit ago focusing on Reuben Eckels and his accusations.

Just a few comments about the articles I've read regarding this matter:

None of the articles that I have read outside The Sunflower mention that Eckels is a minister with his own church. I think the fact that he's been getting so much attention regarding something that, according to WSU, the university is already trying to work on is a bit duboius.

According to Dr. Cheryl Adams, he decided not to pursue the position for director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs because he wanted to focus more on his church. Now he's getting the publicity he wants.

He's not wrong about the lack of ethnic professors and faculty, because he's not. The numbers speak for themselves. However, I doubt his motive and his timing.

Insignifcant to Me, But Not to Hanson

In a music review in today's (11/27) Sunflower, there is a music review in which the band Hanson's name is misspelled (Hansen). If you're going to rip on a band, make sure you get its name right.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sunflower does it again

The Sunflower article about Shocker volleyball going to the MVC tournament this past week was headlined as Volleyball gets No. 2 seed in NCAA tournament. SIMPLE knowledge and editing would know that the conference and the NCAA tournament are not the same. I also was bothered by this typo so much because reading the Sunflower before a class last week I heard numerous people around me wondering what the headline meant as well since the Shockers hadn't even played in the Valley tournament yet and were no where near caliber to be ranked 2 if they had made it to the NCAA's. I think many readers of the Sunflower, both sports interested and not would appreciate a little more attention to detail.

Diversity at the WSU

Today's eagle had a story on the first page that was about the minority hiring at the WSU. Obviously this has became a major issue for the university. What I want to point out, and correct me if I am wrong, is that this uproar started after the Sunflower published a story where Reuben Eckels said minorities are not well represented among WSU faculty and staff.
If I am right than this would be a good example of the major role newspapers can play, even if they are small and, as some would say, unimportant newspaper such as the Sunflower.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Greetings again from Boston! So, I was skimming through the Boston Globe today (the paper I am inevitably going to write for someday) and thought the centerpiece of the paper was a little odd...It was about a physical plant that exploded in Danvers, Mass., and it's all about the tragedy of this accident. There's a huge picture that takes up the entire top half of the paper that shows mass destruction, and most of the articles inside were about the accident. The explosion happened today (Thanksgiving Day) at about 3 a.m., so it was right of them to cover it. However, I'm not sure that using that as the centerpiece story was the right thing to do, especially Thanksgiving Day...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Kansas.com - poor writing/editing

As most of you know, I prefer to get my news from the printed version, rather than online.

This morning I decided to scan a few articles on Kansas.com. One article, "Turkey's top competition: Chiefs," was poorly written and/or edited.

Punctuation errors: "Kansas City Chiefs' 7 p.m. game..." - what's up with the apostrophe?

Poor writing: "While one local station in Denver and Kansas City will be allowed to simulcast, the Wichita area is like the rest of the nation in needing the NFL Network to see the game. Unlike in many parts of the country, it is available here through Cox cable."

This is just one example. The entire article could be written in a more clear and concise manner?

By the way, does AP style apply to online news?
I would just like to thank Jelena and Sarah for commenting on the good things of the Sunflower they noticed. I can't even begin to remember how many negative comments we have received in the past about the paper, and it is so wonderful to hear what people do like. Without all kinds of feedback, we would never get better, and I commend those who take the time to notice the good aspects as well as the bad.

Eagle flag

Even though I'm in Boston, I decided to take a peek at the Eagle's front page on the Web site. Although I agree with Raquel that the staff did a good job coming up with front page topics, I dont like the lady in the red dress smack in the middle of the Eagle flag. This is something we talked about when the Eagle front page designer was in class. In some situations, like the front page with the bugs on the side of the flag, interventions are ok. However, in this situation, I think it's a distraction and shouldn't be there. Maybe if they could've put her on the side of the flag, it would have been more effective.

What if 3,709 Americans had died in the month of October?

CNN.com is my homepage and when I opened it up today, the dominant photo was of Iraqis standing around, as blood puddled on the street. I think it was a neccesary photograph to show, under the headline about just over 3700 Iraqis dying in October (according to the UN,) making October the deadliest month since the war began in 2003. If it were Bourban Street in New Orleans with blood on the street, it would never run. But as a lot of the country wants to ignore what's going on with the war in Iraq, I think that news providers should run more honest photographs and stories telling the real story. If you want to see the picture, here's the link: http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/11/22/iraq.report/index.html

day before thanksgiving

I think The Eagle did a good job coming up with stories that have to do with Thanksgiving for the front page. Since Thanksgiving come every year it can be hard to come up with new stories other than what everyone is making for Thanksgiving. I liked the article about the football game on Thursday. It talks about the rivalry between the Chiefs and the Broncos on Turkey Day. Will the guys watch the game or spend time with the family? The story is something else to write about besides the same Thanksgiving topics. I also like the article about the weather for Thanksgiving. The short bullet points about things to do outside was easy to read. It is usually too cold to be outside for Thanksgiving so drwaing attention to the weather was a good idea for a story.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Space for Rainbows story

In the November 14 edition of The Eagle, the front page of the Local and State section has a big story called, "Space for Rainbows." I enjoyed this whole page, but it was the headline that drew me into it. The photos are good, but they are also common; I see pictures of children in a school-like settings fairly frequently. The headline confused and interested me, while the smaller headline, "Koch gift will help build a new center," explains enough to get me into the photo captions.

After seeing the Rainbows student in the wheelchair, I am interested enough to find out what Rainbows is all about, and I start reading the lead. I thought the design worked well on this page, and the headlines worked well with the design and the story. This seems like a great example of all the elements of a newspaper working together to provide interested readers with a good story, and also draw in those people who otherwise would not have had an interest in it.

Mumbo Jumbo headline

I know I already commented on the November 13 Sunflower, but I really think this headline is confusing. "Concealed carry faces restriction," is a story found on the front page. What does that headline mean? It isn't even vaguely grammatically correct.

After reading the article, the headline makes sense, but I don't think that it is the kind of headline that would attract readers. I imagine most eyes skimmed over it, made no sense of it, and moved on. Only people who are familiar with criminal justice terminology would have understood it, but even if everyone got it except me, I still think the headline could have been much better.

The lead of the article is its possible saving grace, "Thinking of bringing a concealed firearm to school? Think again." The sentence is able to explain the headline in two short sentences. However, when I first read over this edition of the newspaper, I didn't even bother to read that much, and I think a lot of people probably did the same thing I did.

Good story

I don't often see stories about professors that are being lauded for their teaching abilities. The November 13 issue of The Sunflower has a big story about a French professor who, apparently, does a good job teaching French. I think this kind of story so often gets forgotten or put inside the paper where few people would ever see it.

I am pleased with The Sunflower for putting this story on the front page, and above the fold no less. Granted, there may have been a lack of dark news on this day, but I still think it's great. If newspapers printed more stories about the good work some people are doing, I think it would have a positive impact on the community as a whole.

Of course, the dark news also needs to be told, but there seems to be such an emphasis on it all the time. Would we all turn into hobbits if we only told the good news? Would that be so bad?

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Good Sunflower

Since we have been discussing the page design these past few weeks, this is something connected with that.
I just thought that the Sunflower's basketball issue was more than good. The design was creative Example: first page - Wu holds big ball and yellow background with the photos of the players and fans. Also, the stories and their subjects were interesting, which you might not expect from an issue that appears every year (how innovative that can be ). The only page I did not like from the design angle is the one with the schedule. White text on the red background is definitely not readable.
GOOD JOB!

Carry-concealed law

I found the story on 1C in Sunday's Eagle very interesting: "Have gun, will profit." It is a story about how local gun dealers and related businesses are seeing a boost in business since the state's new concealed-carry law. You know what would be an interesting follow up story? To investigate how much the morgue's business has gone up (will go up) too? Now there's a story.

Habitat for Humanity

If the Eagle wants to include a local warm fuzzies kind of story, instead of a Wichita woman making a new friend (Sunday, 1A,) they should have moved the story about the Katrina survivors who just received a Habitat for Humanity house in Wichita to the front page (1B.) It is both newsworthy and heartwarming.

Wichitan woman makes new friend

I know that writers at the Eagle justify this sort of thing by saying that they are a local paper, but it still really bothers me. Sunday's front page stories are about a drop in crime (okay,) young drivers (should've been local and state) and a woman who made a new friend at a nursing home (seriously... that's front page news?) As I have started to read the paper more, I have learned that to find what's really going on in the nation and the world, I must turn a few pages in. Sure enough, on 4A I find that nations are uniting against N. Korea and that fighting is spreading to the North in Iraq. I understand that the Iraq war has been going on for some time, and is probably not always front page-worthy, but it's the story below these other two that really got me. "Nintendo expects less dramatic launch for Wii." Seriously? That's how the Eagle rates the other two stories: slightly more important to be above the Nintendo story on 4A? Come on, Wichita Eagle.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Employee mailer

I was flipping through a newsletter/mailer at work on Wednesday. It was about women in management within our company. As I started to read more, I noticed typos upon typos upon typos. I'm fairly certain that no one took the time to proof read the mailer before it was sent out.

It was horrible. "Hare" instead of "hard", "nthe" instead of "then", "Taylor's" instead of "Taylors". The list goes on and on. Someone's favorite color was listed as a book. Unless you know of a book called Kelly green and salmon pink.

Flub in the sports section

I was reading the sports section of the Eagle on my lunch break today. Being a K-State fan, I went straight to Bob Lutz's article about the KSU v. KU game tomorrow.

The article jumps inside and there is a sentence that reads: "Receiver Yamon Figurs, who played the game of his life against the Longhorns, is questionable for KU after sustaining an unspecified injur in the Texas game."

Yamon Figurs plays for K-State, not KU. I'm not sure if this is a typo and Lutz mean that Figurs is questionable for K-State or if he meant that Figurs is questionable to play in the KU game.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Bathroom bliss

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Denise Neil's column in the Wichitalk section of today's Eagle. It was on page three, and it was about bathrooms. The good, the bad, the ugly. I love reading about stuff like this; maybe I've found my true calling. I also liked how she wanted her reader's opinions about the best and worst public bathrooms in Wichita, but I wish she would have told readers when the follow-up is going to run...
I really like the desgin of the front page of the Eagle today. The main story is about the gamers that are sitting outside Best Buy anticipating the arrival of the Playstation 3. The orange shaded box is visually appealing and sets the story apart as the main story. I like the pictures of the Playstation around the edge of the story becasue it catches my eye. I also like the way they broke out the information about what the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii are because some people myself included don't know anyhting about gaming. The younger age group that will buy these game consoles probably don't read the paper but I think the graphics and design of the story will entice them to read the story. I wanted to read the story at first glance.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Yet another Sunflower mistake

As I continued to look through the Sunflower's basketball issue I noticed another mistake. Page 24 there is a drawing of the numbers used to determine position and to the right is a list of the men's team starters. In the list, it has the number of the position a dash, the name of the position, a semi colon, then the name of the player. All of the player's positions and names are uniform except number five, Kyle Wilson. His line had the number five, a dash, center, then a dash (instead of a semi colon), then his name. Woops!

Sunflower typo

In today's Sunflower, the basketball issue, there is a typo on page 2. They used a filler ad promoting the website and it says "check out hesunflower.com for the latest WSU coverage." hesunflower.com??? It should say thesunflower.com. It wouldn't be as bad if the type wasn't so big and the filler wasn't in spot color, but those aspects seem to attract attention.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Eagle's visuals for middle school article

There is an article about Wichita middle school test scores in The Eagle's Tuesday, Nov. 14 issue. The article has a shaded box giving racial statistics about local middle schools. There is a racial breakdown for three schools. I like the idea the box is delivering, but I think it would be more appealing to the eye as a graph or chart. The box contains good information, but I think the layout is boring. I think more people would read the stats if they were displayed another way.

Pearls Before Swine Comic Strip

I thought it was odd today in that strip that there was a pagination error. You only see the bottom half of the comic strip without dialogue. The editor put a note on the bottom explaining what happened, and then attempted to explain what the strip was about, which the editor was off about. I've never seen that in a comic, and I thought it was interesting.

What's Hilfiger Got to Do With It?

There was a groundbreaking for a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington, D.C. yesterday. Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton both attended, as well as Orprah and Maya Angelou. For some reason there was a picture of fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger on the jump on page 3 along with Jackson and Angelou. Why? He may have been there, but he wasn't featured in the story. There was not even a mention of his attendance.

South Africa Parliament Oks gay marriage.

More power to 'em! This is quite a big deal for a country where homosexuality is taboo. The bill that was passed is simple. It recognizes gay marriage, however a pastor does not have to marry a sam-sex couple if it conflicts with their beliefs.
Part of the bill states, 'voluntary union of two persons, which is solemnized and registered by either a marriage or civil union." There is no mention of the sex of the couples.
Why can't the United States pass something this simple. We apparently want to pass a bill to protect marriage, but what exactly would that be protecting. It would be protecting something that has a 50% FAILURE rate. Sounds like that really needs protection. If so many people want to 'hate on the gays' why not let gays get married, so they can get divorced and go through law suits as well!
I'm done ranting now.

Sex Offenders

There is an article on the Wichita Eagle website that talks about passing a bill to restrict sex offenders for place that primarily serve children. Now maybe I am interpreting this wrong, but in the article it says "But the measure raises questions about whether banning offenders from parks, playgrounds and pools is a public safety measure or an unconstitutional second round of punishment." I'm assuming they are referring to punishing the offenders, but it is not clear. Why shouldn't the offenders be punished? If banishing them prom public places that cater to children is punishment, then bring it on. I certainly wouldn't want them to be able to roam around while my children are playing. I think they should just be locked up. Then there wouldn't be a problem.

Eagle errors/poor writing

In Tuesday's Local & State section of The Wichita Eagle, there's a few errors.

The article on front page regarding the Cheever case could have been written better. For example, the third paragraph, second sentence reads: "He's accused of shooting Samuels as he tried to serve a search warrant... The way this is written sounds like Cheever attempted to serve search warrant.

Furthermore, when Cooper is quoted responded to Judge Belot, it reads...'she replied, "No, your honor." The reporter/editor should have capitalized "Your Honor." Cooper is addressing a judge, considered a revered person.

Also, Page 3B contains an article regarding cold weather and fires. One sentence reads that a fire was started because a man was smoking while using oxygen. Duh! Should make some reference to an oxygen tank, etc.

Monday, November 13, 2006

A great headline!

Good friend Bill Morris, a long-time-ago newspaper guy at The Eagle who's now in the PR business, is a K-State grad and a big Wildcat football fan. This morning, he sent me a copy of the Manhattan Mercury's front page from Sunday, the day after K-State upset No. 4 Texas 45-42. The hammerhead said "TEXAS TOAST." Bill said this was one case where the front-page headline sold newspapers — at least to him. He's right. It was a great headline.

Trouble with some words

I've noticed some recurring themes on problems with certain words in students' writing. They include:

• When referring to the size of something in page design (i.e., a big photo), it's a dominant photo, not a dominate photo.

• It vs. they. When referring to a council, band, university or group, it's it, not they. Watch agreement! It's correct to use they if you first say council members, band members, etc.

• A reminder: There's no such thing as first annual. You have to have a second event before it becomes annual.

• And speaking of thing/things (as in the sentence above), try to avoid those words in your writing. They're vague and a weak word choice.

• Don't forget AP style on time. It's p.m. and a.m. — lower case and with periods. And when you use night with time, it's redundant to say p.m. That would be at 8 Wednesday night, not 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

What Is "The Return" About Exactly?

On both page 9D and 13D of the GO! section in Friday's Eagle said that the film, "The Return" is a "Romantic comedy with a dramatic undertone with Javen Tanner as a returning missionary who is eager to get back with his girlfriend, but after a near-death experience, suddenly focuses on trying to save the soul of his wayward mom."

The ad for this film, however, features a hand inside an eyeball with the tag line "Fear comes home today." Something tells me "The Return" isn't really a romantic comedy.
This is not connected with any of the current events, but is something I am questioning for a while.
What do you guys think about the tone of a story? How much of truth we should present and in what way to avoid offending somebody.
For example: I wrote an article about different drinking habits between American and Europeans. Although the story did not say who has better one, it did say that Americans drink mostly just to get drunk, while in Europe people start drinking for pleasure and taste.
I did talk to several American friends and they confirmed that conclusion. However, one journalist from Wichita Eagle said the story might be offensive.
My question is: If you are saying the unwanted truth, what is the line between saying it straight out and masking it so readers don't get offended?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Day after election

I liked the Eagle front page after the election. I am not the type of person to read a whole election article to find out who won what race. The left side bar of the elction results that showed who ran against who and who won was awesome. I could easily look and see the results. The concept of short excerpt of information that are a easy, quick read is very appealing to the type of lifestyle most people live. The average person doesn't have time to sit down and read the election articles so the overview is easy to glance at. I also like the different colored check marks for the person who won. This makes it even easier to look at and it caught my eye.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

last night's news

Last night I was watching Dancing with the Stars and the news kept coming on to update the political races. I don't normally watch Channel 10 news, but since I was watching Dancing with the Starts I had the TV on Channel 10. Susan Peters broke in saying Morrison was ahead of Kline almost 30%. Yet, the visual on the TV showed Morrison 67%, Kline 30%. Ok, that is not almost 30%, that's almost 40%. Maybe I'm just being hard on Channel 10 because I don't care for the newscast much, but shouldn't they check their math before the are live?

"Don't Panic!"

Seriously, somebody needs to yank the "Don't Panic!" cartoon from The Sunflower. It isn't funny.

My international student story

My story is on page 3 of today's Sunflower. I wish I could have waited to publish this story until Friday, because I couldn't get the number oof foreign students enrolled at K-State. It was frustrating. I think the story is OK, but if I could have had K-State's numbers, it would have been much better.

A few things now that the election is over

I just want to say that I am impressed by the Wichita Eagle's coverage of the 2006 elections. I think for the most part they did it in a tasteful, unbiased and not too overwhelming way. Each day when I would pick up the paper or go to the website for the past month or so, I was glad to not be bombarded by campaign after campaign stories. With all of the ads, signs, and rallies, I think it is safe to say citizens have plenty of the election information, they don't need to be all over the news too.

Where are the sunflowers?

The CMA review on page 4 of The Sunflower has Sunflowers to indicate how well the reviewer liked the CMA's. On the opposing page, however, the review of Sugarland's latest CD does not have sunflowers to show how much the reviewer liked the CD. The reviews should be more uniform.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The "Go" section in the Eagle

I think that there should be a Go section in the paper twice a week. Once on Monday to get readers ready for the week, and the regular Friday for the weekend. I love the Go section, and I would love to see it more.

Voting Day Today

I think the Eagle did a good job in covering voting day today. They have been covering the elections for a long time, including the candidates and where to vote. We are very informed.

Monday's Eagle - bad writing

The cover story on Monday's Eagle about the plane crash was poorly written. I don't know how many of you caught this, but the second paragraph of the article, from the way it was written, sounds like the Cessna Skyhawk was pronounced dead on scene. In case you didn't see it, here's a direct quote:

"The 2003 Cessna Skyhawk flown by Ryan Sageser, 17 and his father, Mark, 46 - who friends said was also a pilot - were pronounced dead at the scene."

If you look at sentence structure, i.e., subject/predicate/verb,etc., the subject of the sentence is the Cessna Skywalk, the verb is "pronounced" and the predicate is "dead."

I hope the plane was killed immediately and didn't suffer.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Nov. 6 Sunflower front page

Monday Nov. 6, Sunflower front page needs a lot of help with the headlines of the story.
The dominate story about Grady Landrum is a good story. Unfortunately, the headline "“He defines resilience," does not entice the reader to read the article. Resilience is a big word in a lot of peoples vocabulary.
The second headline above the fold reads "Campus safety at question"”. I believe it should have read "“Campus safety in question."

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Front page choices

After reading the October 23 Sunflower, I realized that I don't understand why some stories make the front page while other don't. In some cases, the reasons for the choices are clear, but with this issue, I became particularly curious.

There is a story on page three called, "Drug policy harms college students" which I thought was incredibly interesting, and which may affect a number of WSU students. This article would have been a better choice for the front page, in my opinion, than the "Group starts publication," story or the "Young adults reluctant to leave the nest" story (or a couple others, although I really enjoyed the story about the archeology students traveling to Leon, KS for a dig).

I started to wonder, is there a certain protocol to follow when deciding what is front page news? Other than finding stories that affect a lot of people, or are timely, what merits the front page?

"Unclear" headline

A headline on the front page of the October 25 Sunflower caught my attention. After reading "Police unclear about Fairmount burglary," I decided what was really unclear was the headline, not the police. This short article addresses a break-in to a maintenance building in Fairmount Towers. Although police don't have many details about the crime, I thought the headline made the police sound as though they were either trying to conceal what had happened, or that they didn't know what they were doing. The story itself didn't reveal any evidence of that, in my opinion.

I think it would have been fairly easy to come up with a different headline for this story, and I suppose the most likely explanation for it is that the copywriters were in a hurry. However, I still think the story could have had a much more appropriate headline.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Wichita Eagle - old news

The Wichita Eagle ran a story on Jan Beemer, candidate for KS House, in Tuesday's Local and State section. Apparently, she was arrested for driving on a suspended license after she was pulled over for speeding.

What caught my attention was the fact that this occured Wednesday night. Well, the story was published on Tuesday, six days after the fact. That's all well and good, but the article should have specified last Wednesday. At first glance, it was kind of confusing.

Also, poor editing on Monday's Sunflower. The article about Muslim's honoring the holy month of Ramadan had a few errors and I questioned a few of the quotes published.

The second sentence of the third paragraph read: "All Muslims who are able to go without food and drink every day for one month." Obviously, not a complete sentence. What about these Muslims?

A quote from Mohammad Awad read: "It's a month of giving, sharing and loving each other." Although I'm sure this is an actual quote, it sounded kind of hokey; maybe I just had my mind in the gutter.

Thursday front page

I think the front page of the Thursday Eagle was creative and easy to read. I like the top story layout. There were creative graphics and pictures that drew my eye to the top story. There was also a bold headline. The bottom stories were seperated by lines so it was easier to read the stories. I think there were the right amount of pictures with one or more for each story. The pictures were realtive to the story and were spread out. All of the stories had a jump to get the reader to flip through the paper.

GoShockers Website

Last week when I was reading through the latest news on GoShockers.com I came across a silly error on the men's golf story. The story stated that the Shockers were up 'sex' strokes after rounds one and two. This is a silly mistake but also a typical one for the media department at WSU Athletics. It seems that often they don't do the best job of editing their web stories and therefore come up with silly mistakes like this one. I know as a subject of some of their stories that little mistakes like these are frustrating to see time and time again.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Business Today Section

I don't know about anybody else, but I love the Business section of the paper. I really feel up to date about what is going on in Wichita Business. It seems like everytime I read it, something new pops up I didn't know before.

Sunflower opinion page

I have an issue with the Sunflower's opinion page. Yes, I understand the articles are the columnist's opinions, but I feel like certain people use this page to bitch. I know many people read the opinion page because we constantly get phone calls about how bad the articles on the page are. I think columnists should have to at least write about something that has to do with WSU or an issue on campus. Editorials are a great invention, the Sunflower should think about using them. Columnists could present a problem, do research on the issue and present a solution. Lets take Safe Ride for example. A columnist could have easily written an editorial on if SGA should or should not fund Safe Ride. From what I understand, SGA members had opposite opinions on funding Safe Ride. Safe Ride funding would have made for a great editorial because it literally affects every person on campus whether they drink or not. It affects them if they drink, it affects them if they know a person who drinks and it affects them if they drive. Overall, I think the opinion page sucks. Editorials should be introduced to the opinion staff.

Not An Opinion

Under "Opinion" on the front page of Wednesday's Sunflower states: "Hungry students raid fortune cookie stash." That doesn't sound like an opinion to me. I read the column. The column isn't even an opinion column. It was mislabeled. It's actually just a column.

Necessary background

Background information are essential for understanding of an article. Just this morning, The Eagle had a story about Kerry's apology. The article writer, however did not say why he is apologizing except that he offended military. More precisely, I was wondering what did he exactly say. I found out the information (his quote) on the CNN.