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Who wrote the best piece on Duke-N.Carolina?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Alma, Feb 17, 2012.


Who wrote the best piece on Duke-N. Carolina?

  1. Aaron Beard, AP

    1 vote(s)
  2. Ed Hardin, Greensboro News-Record

    0 vote(s)
  3. Steve Wiseman, Durham Herald-Sun

    0 vote(s)
  4. Caulton Tudor, Charlotte Observer

    0 vote(s)
  5. Andrew Carter, Charlotte Observer

    3 vote(s)
  6. Andrew Beaton, Duke Chronicle

    0 vote(s)
  7. Mark Thompson, Daily Tar Heel

    0 vote(s)
  8. Brett Friedlander, Wilmington Star News

    2 vote(s)
  9. Adam Smith, Burlington Times-News

    1 vote(s)
  10. Bret Strelow, Fayetteville Observer

    2 vote(s)
  11. Stephen Schramm, Fayetteville Observer

    1 vote(s)
  1. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Gamers and columns from the 85-84 buzzer beater. Probably unfair to the gamers, but I thought some of the gamers held up anyhow. At the end of the day, I put up the poll for a gauge but want folks to examine the craft, too.

    I picked this one for the drama involved in the game. I figured I'd locate larger, national newspapers that were on-scene, but the WaPost, AJC and others used AP. If you know of some larger paper that didn't let me know.

    I could not, for the life of me, find much from the Carolina student paper. I posted what was there. It's like they forgot to post some stuff from that night.

    Beard: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/north-carolina-vs-duke-austin-rivers-drills-three-pointer-at-buzzer-to-vault-no-10-blue-devils-to-stunning-85-84-win/2012/02/09/gIQAiVab0Q_story.html

    Hardin: http://www.news-record.com/content/2012/02/09/article/rivers_delivers

    Wiseman: http://www.heraldsun.com/view/full_story/17453218/article-RIVERS--3-DRAINS-HEELS?

    Tudor: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/02/09/2996764/tudor-rivers-turned-the-tide-for.html#storylink=misearch

    Carter: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/02/08/2995962/live-updates-unc-hosting-duke.html#storylink=misearch

    Beaton: http://dukechronicle.com/article/miracle-franklin-street

    Thompson: http://www.dailytarheel.com/index.php/article/2012/02/zeller_starts_big_then_stumbles

    Friedlander: http://acc.blogs.starnewsonline.com/28399/it-was-fun-it-was-dramatic-but-duke-unc-both-still-have-a-long-way-to-go/

    Smith: http://www.thetimesnews.com/articles/wild-52369-duke-winner.html

    Strelow: http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/02/09/1156255

    Schramm: http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2012/02/11/1156684
  2. MeanGreenATO

    MeanGreenATO Active Member

    Alma, these regular polls have been awesome. It's always interesting to see how everybody writes everything.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Game? What game?

    Anyway, I don't know that I'll make it through 11 stories. I'll try. You couldn't have narrowed it?
  4. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Which one has the most cliches and hyperbole?

    None of these are great. Sorry, but they're not anything special.
  5. Quakes

    Quakes Guest

    Of these, I'd vote for the piece by Strelow. The narrative seemed a little herky-jerky and confusing, going from after the game to before the game to the end of the game to the beginning of the game. But this one stood out from the rest for me simply because there were some nice details, and it told me more things that I didn't know from watching the game or reading an AP gamer: the hug with Rasheed Wallace (although this raised more questions in my mind that unfortunately weren't answered), the work after the shootaround with Capel, Cerrano, the sister, the palm to the floor before the final shot.

    That said, I'm with Stitch. I don't think any of them is especially good. (That's not to say they're bad. And the 9 p.m. start and the late comeback and the buzzer-beater were mitigating factors.)

    I thought both Andy Staples (for SI.com) and Eamonn Brennan (for ESPN.com) did a better job, although Brennan's piece is arguably too long:



    Finally, I thought this picture by someone named Streeter Lecka told a great story on its own:

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  6. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    Who cares?

    Just another game in a long season.
  7. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Because writing columns and gamers is part of what we do, and investigating what works and what doesn't and why is a pretty integral part of continuing to grow in our jobs.
  8. silvercharm

    silvercharm Member

    It's unfair to make comparisons on gamers unless its web-only or print-only. (In regards to Staples/Brennan comment) On a tight print deadline, you do what you can do, whereas as a web writer, you can afford to wait out subjects and get better texture for a great gamer. It may even be unfair to do print-only in some cases. The difference in a half hour deadline can make all the difference in a game story.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    If you write for a newspaper that has a website, you're a Web writer. If print deadline is tight, you can always write a full story for the Web.

    On quick skims, I liked both Fayetteville stories the most. I'll take some notes when I find time to actually read.
  10. PaperDoll

    PaperDoll Well-Known Member

    That's not necessarily true. Some papers make you hit print deadline, and that's that. Others are more flexible, and therefore more willing to post late revisions or let the writer put together next-day follows and features.

    Of course, if you've got your own BLOG! you can always expand or post other insights and analysis that didn't necessarily get into print.
  11. Quakes

    Quakes Guest

    I remember reading Staples' story that night, within two or three hours of the game's end. (The link says it was posted at 1:42 a.m.) So he had more time than someone writing for the next day's paper, but not that much more time. (I'm guessing he used that time to get the quotes from Doc Rivers, which I thought provided some good and unique color, particularly in the lead.) I have no idea when Brennan posted his story, although the link says it was posted on Feb. 8, which would have been the day or night of the game, rather than the next day.

    But I didn't mean to start a web-vs.-print discussion, or hijack the thread away from the stories Alma picked.
  12. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    I do that, and I start getting comments about the ones I missed.

    I also think it's interesting to get different local POVs since most journalists are precisely that.
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