Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Articles are good, and stories are unique, they represent Akins well, and they're interesting. There are a lot of infographics, which makes the paper a lot more lively and tempting to read. It also presents information in a fun way that readers like to read. There's more hand-drawn cartoons and less "google" pictures, which also makes the paper look good. The "5 things to know", briefs, and etc. catches a lot of people's attention, and makes them want to read on further. The fact that we're doing a lot more investigative-type articles is good for the readers and lets people know that we're serious and not scared to do write about risky stuff. The fact that the entire thing is in color also makes people want to read it.
Cons of Newspaper:
Story ideas are good, but as I read the paper, I noticed that there are way too many grammatical errors and sentence problems. Even though that's only a small thing, it really makes us lose credibility, and readers may not take us that seriously. I think that the opinions pieces could be less cliche. Quotations for some articles could also be less cliche. For me, it seems like some articles seem like they were just copy and pasted from google, like the health article; this article could be more interesting and use more contemporary language.
What I hear students/teachers saying:
I've never heard anyone say anything bad about the paper this year. If anything, most people in my classes want to read it when it gets delivered to the classroom. I think students are most attracted to the Photo Essay section and least attracted to the News section. Most people complain that the FML's aren't that funny, but that's probably the only negative feedback that I've heard.
What we can do to improve:
Get someone good at english and proofreading to read over the article carefully, so that these errors can be reduced, and we'll look more professional. There's a lot of bs going on at this school, and I think more investigative and honest-account type stories should be written about them, even if it takes 2 to 3 people. We should conduct more surveys; readers like them, and it makes an interesting infographic. It also makes us look more professional. More interesting takes on opinions pieces; most of the time, I feel like they're just repeating what everyone already knows.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Infographics are also important because there are a lot of people out there who don't like reading the newspaper, but most people like reading infographics because it's a graphic. Because of infographics, more people would be interested in grabbing the paper rather than if it was a newspaper with just a lot of articles and no pictures.
Friday, September 10, 2010
- Where'd you go to college? What's your degree?
- What were you before being the CCC Counselor?
- What is your favorite part of the job so far?
- What's your biggest goal this year?
- What do you think students most need help with?
- Is it difficult doing this for the first time?
- What is, in your opinion, the best part about college?
- How do you like being a cheer coach?
- Biggest goals for cheer?
- Any interesting facts about you? (Hobbies, free time)
- What exactly is the situation with project paradigm struggling to get senior advisories to the CCC?
- Anything else you want Akins to know about you?
- Why is it getting so difficult to get senior advisories to the CCC?
- How would it benefit seniors?
- Steps being done to fix this problem?
- What do you think will make this whole process easier?
- Anything else on this issue that you'd like Akins to know?
- What and how many times have you gone to Ms. Simmons for college help this year?
- What do you like about Ms. Simmons?
- How do you think the CCC is different this year than last year?
- What inspired you to start this whole process?
- How do you think Akins will benefit from this, and do you think most people will actually eat it or continue to eat meat options?
- I heard that you talked to Mr. Girard about this issue; what did he tell you?
- What has been the most challenging part of the whole process?
- Do you think that this will actually carry out?
- Who else has been actively involved with you in the process?
- What is the recent update on this issue?
- Anything else you'd like Akins to know?
- If there were to be a vegan line, would you eat from it?
- How important do you think it is for there to be a vegan line?
- Do you have friends/teachers who are vegan/vegetarian?
- Do you feel that it's difficult for you to pack your own food being vegan?
- How would a vegan line change your life?
- How challenging is it for you to find vegan food?
- Do you think most people are still oblivious to the needs of vegans?
"Newspapers should mirror the racial, cultural, religious, economic, lifestyle and ethnic diversity of their communities . . . Newspapers need to give all residents a public voice. What's more, newspaper staffs should mirror the diversity of their communities."
We can improve this year on this area by interviewing a broad range of students and faculty for our articles instead of just interviewing our friends or our teachers. Instead of a senior staff reporter just interviewing his/her senior friends and teachers, he/she should interview freshmen, sophomores, juniors, & seniors that they may not know, as well as teachers that they've never had. In the entertainment section, instead of just writing about one genre of music/movies that only appeals to a certain group of people, it should reflect a wide range of music/movie choices. Same thing goes for all sections of the paper: we should try to not write about something that only interests the staff, but something that interests everyone in the school. We could also interview students who come from really interesting backgrounds, religions, cultures, or special circumstances. These things will help represent the diversity of Akins.
POINT 2: FOSTER INTERACTION WITH READERS
"Newspapers need to establish consistent, two-way communication with readers and the community at large. This includes involving residents in the reporting of information and the dissemination of information using new and emerging technology. Two-way communication between residents and readers can break down the image of the arrogant newspaper and help to establish newspapers as a 'member of the family' in their communities."
To make the readers interact with the paper, we should really advocate the fact that readers can write letters to the editor, and at the end of each article, we can maybe put the writer's professional email address or put a small note encouraging them to write a letter to the paper, reminding them that they can stay anonymous. We can also put small contests/competitions somewhere in the paper for the readers. We can really advocate our facebook group for the entire school, and post breaking headlines/important info for everyone, which will also foster interaction.