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From my inbox

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by pressboxer, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    Waiting for me when I got to the office today was an e-mail with a couple of crappy phots attached and a little note that contained the following line:

    A group of locals participate in an event that included a 25K run and a 50K run. Not to belittle their accomplishments (I certainly won't ever run that far), but I have a feeling someone's going to be sorely disappointed. The powers that be already decreed a brief is befitting enough.
     
  2. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    And, depending on the size of the paper, they have decreed correctly, obviously.
     
  3. pseudo

    pseudo Active Member

    But is it an eye catching brief?
     
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    You're gonna need a bigger brief.
     
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    So what's the problem? People submit stuff all the time thinking it should be a headline. You use your judgment on what it's worth.
     
  6. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Do you write stories on your locals who run in marathons? Cuz 50K is longer than a marathon. Why not write a story on these people?
     
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Yeah. You could just brief this race but maybe look at doing a feature on this group of foot-pounding locals.
     
  8. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    It sounds like it could be a cool feature. Is distance running big in your area? That could tie in as well.
     
  9. Overrated

    Overrated Guest

    So, does that mean they work HARDER than marathon runners?
     
  10. Barsuk

    Barsuk Active Member

    Nah, probably just as hard, though.
     
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    They don't work harder -- just longer.
     
  12. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    We all have our egos to contend with here -- "I'm not going to do a story because someone said I should. Then they'll think I did it because of them."
    Only problem with that is there are some coincidental times when they can be turned into really good stories. Don't discount it just because it came from outside the newsroom.
    As someone else said, take it on a story by story basis, and see what it is worth, if anything.
     
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