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Story concepts that need to die

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by TheMethod, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. JackReacher

    JackReacher Well-Known Member

    No. But, as a person living in an area with unbearable rush-hour traffic, I tune in to see if I need to adjust my route to work in the morning.

    Not that uncommon, I'm sure.
  2. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    re: 20... hasn't rick reilly done this a bunch?
  3. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    The one that drives me nuts: Athlete who used to do [fill in bad thing] has turned his life around and is an inspiration to others now. I'd love, though, to see the follow-up when it turns out the turnaround is short-lived.
  4. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    1. No, the person in the car isn't watching, but if you're about to leave the house, you know an area to avoid. Or, if you're expecting someone, you know they might not arrive for a while.

    2. I actually had a couple of battery-powered portable TVs. They were rendered useless by the switch to digital, though. I suspect a new line of them will be coming out, and people will buy them.
  5. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Here's another one: Parent sends you link to out-of-town newspaper and their coverage of an all-star tournament with the note "would be nice to see stories like this in our paper."

    Well, let's see ... did anyone from the league give us a call a week or so before the tournament give me a call or an e-mail letting me know it was coming up? Or did they just "forget" until an hour or two before the opening pitch, then expect us to drop everything and go out? If a team is going out of town, offer to call instead of wondering why we're not going (well, let's see, it's a three-hour drive each way and my travel budget is severely cramped).
  6. crusoes

    crusoes Active Member

    My favorite is the parent of a horse-rider who talks about all the hard work the girls put in. I suspect they are not the ones sweating at the end.
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    You wouldn't have awards if that story concept died.
  8. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    You mean like ESPN's recent piece on Charles Rogers?
  9. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Not a TV guy, but if power's out in my region and I am lucky enough to have it, I oughta know what areas *are* out, so I can avoid going there or go check on my relatives. Some folks will still have power. Also, might help me make a decision on trying to get to work, especially if work cannot get ahold of me.

    As far as traffic goes, I agree with the previous poster. I know that if I am driving down to Albany, I will check the traffic reports first.
  10. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Outing alert: Ace is John Doe in Seven! :D
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    You can take the most tired, overdone story concept and someone who's good (Posnanski? Ratto?) can turn it into something memorable.

    You can give a hack a great idea and he'll turn into crap.
  12. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

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