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What's the bigger story for a local paper?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by schiezainc, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Ok, I've been having an argument with my coworker for the better part of an hour now.

    Please help settle this. I'm going to give you two scenerios. Please choose which one you would, as a local weekly paper, run if you had to choose between the two.

    A.) Local teacher/coach competes in a local race with 600 or so other local runners. The race doesn't mean much, it's for charity. But local angle in a local race would provide what both of us agree is a "good story".

    B.) Local golf prodigy competing in one of several tournaments this summer against national competition. She played in the state amateur event a couple of weeks ago and we covered her then. The tournament in question is just outside our coverage area but we can get to it.

    Who is right? Who is wrong?
  2. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Cover the local race and get in a full list of the results. Gets you more names.

    Have the golf prodigy's dad take a picture from the tournament and send it in to you.
  3. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    Come up with a really good angle for option A, and it is stellar.
  4. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

  5. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    I'd choose Option A, but I'd still run a photo of Option B and put in an extended caption if at all possible.
  6. The answser is A, but is the question loaded to make it so?

    Are you really asking or just seeking validation for your decision?
  7. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    If the runner is a good feature story, roll with it. Local race, local angle, and 600 runners is a pretty good turnout. Like OnTheRiver said, if you run results and maybe a couple pictures of the run, I've got to think more people would be interested in that.
    Plus, you've just covered the golfer a couple weeks ago. You want to avoid overkill on those types of stories. You can always do a follow-up feature if she does well at this latest tournament.
  8. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    We both agreed on the wording of the statement.
  9. Angola!

    Angola! Guest

    I like option B more, unless, like I said, you have a really good angle for option A.
  10. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    Screw em both.

    I heard there is an AAU U-12 girls team that took third against "national" competition!!!

    Seriously, A.

    Tons of good art should be available as well.
  11. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    Why not both?
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