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Help settle a debate: which of these two articles is written the best?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by RF22, Nov 18, 2010.


Which article has better writing?

  1. Daily Tar Heel

  2. Reesenews

  1. RF22

    RF22 New Member

    Hey guys, I thought you might be able to help me settle a debate I'm having with my girlfriend. Yesterday, here at UNC, a faculty member resigned because of an 'improper relationship' with a student. Two University sources covered the fiasco:

    1) The Daily Tar Heel: http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2010/11/lecturer_resigns_after_sexually_explicit_texts

    2) ReeseNews: http://reesenews.org/2010/11/17/reesenews-director-monty-cook-resigns/5918/

    She and I are having a pretty intense (not quite heated yet) discussion about which one features better writing. Instead of dragging out this argument, I thought I'd toss it to the experts here.

    So let me know which article you think has better writing, and even better, why. Forget presentation or appearance or whatever, just the actual writing. Thanks guys. I'll tell later which side of the debate I fell on, don't want to unduly influence the process.
  2. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    The Daily Tar Heel's is better. The ReeseNews one starts out too vague and too dense with titles and buries the lead. "Due to an incident" is a lame description, and it is buried in between a bunch of titles I don't care about. The first one gets "inappropriate behavior" right there in the beginning.
  3. Situation

    Situation Member

  4. Piotr Rasputin

    Piotr Rasputin New Member

    Which one did you write?

    That one.
  5. RF22

    RF22 New Member

    Didn't write either, and I am winning the debate. Not that I think the Reesenews one is bad, but ya know...
  6. bpoindexter

    bpoindexter Member

    Daily Tar Heel is written better, in my opinion, but reesenews comes through with reaction from multiple sources, whereas Daily Tar Heel was filled with couldn't be reached, didn't respond to a request for an interview, etc.
  7. NoOneLikesUs

    NoOneLikesUs Active Member

    Your girlfriend is right. Remember that. :D
  8. jlee

    jlee Well-Known Member

    Just make sure to argue long enough to spark some good make-up whoopee.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    "Due to" should never be in a story, much less a lede.
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