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Which Daytona 500 story is best?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Alma, Feb 18, 2008.


Which Daytona 500 story is best?

  1. Charlotte Observer

  2. Orlando Sentinel

    0 vote(s)
  3. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  4. New York Times

  5. Winston-Salem Journal

  6. Associated Press

  7. Palm Beach Post

  1. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    It's that time again. Just want some insight from the journalists round here as to which one of these samplings is best…and why….

    These are seven stories on the Daytona 500….which of them did the best job of telling the story of the race?

    Charlotte Observer: http://www.thatsracin.com/247/story/11102.html

    Orlando: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orl-daytona18a08feb18,0,4147092.story

    Atlanta J-C: http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories/2008/02/17/daytona_0218.html

    NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/18/sports/othersports/18nascar.html?_r=1&ref=sports&oref=slogin

    W-S Journal: http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1173354648111&path=!sports&s=1037645509200

    AP: http://www.newsobserver.com/798/story/949946.html

    Palm Beach Post: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/autoracing/content/sports/epaper/2008/02/18/a1b_daytona_0218.html
  2. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I thought the Charlotte Observer story captured the emotion of the moment best, along with telling me the result pretty quickly.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    NY Times and Charlotte Observer were the best of those.

    Any other candidates?
  4. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Spnited --

    As a local bookend to the Charlotte Observer, with no recommendation attached:

  5. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    I gotta give the nod to NYT, for the this graf in the Charlotte story is simply torture:

    "Like when your father is spotting for you, trying to do his job to help you do yours while both of you know how much what might be about to happen would mean to the both of you."
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I choked on that one, too, Alma
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Sorry, JG, not big on the history lesson lede
  8. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Also, the Charlotte story references Newman's No. 2 car, which even I know isn't right.

    Before clicking the links I didn't think the NY Times story would be my pick, but it was. Some of the others had ledes that felt a little like they could have been written before the race.
  9. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    I will take Charlotee, though AP was not too bad.

    I liked the Orlando photo (someone else had it too), and I did like the Times photo.
  10. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    That's OK, sp. I attached the disclaimer because I hadn't read it yet. It's by one of the other very widely read pressbox venerables on that circuit.
  11. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    The Gaston story isn't bad in the middle. Some pretty good quotes. The one from Dale, Jr. was something I didn't see in other stories.
  12. funky_mountain

    funky_mountain Active Member

    from usa today's nate ryan:
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