We probably won’t have two news analysis pieces on our front page as we did last week with Cardinal Francis George and Worth Mayor Mary Werner, but from time-to-time they will be popping up.
Although it’s not new by any stretch of the imagination, it’s new to my writing repertoire and I’m liking this news analysis thing for a couple of reasons.
First, it allows us to delve into a topic from a different slant than a regular news story. The who-what-when-where is not as important as the why. The topic can be expanded and it gives the readers something extra to think about. We in the biz call it a think piece.
Second, sometimes it almost feels like writing a term paper. You usually have to do your research on any story you write, but you have to do a little extra homework on an analysis if you want to do it right.
Another old-time vehicle that we haven’t been driving is the local editorial on Page 6 and now we’re breaking out and doing that a little more in recent weeks. Upper management suggested we get on the ball and do some local editorials but I felt a little skittish since I didn’t know the lay of the land as well as I would have liked.
Now that I’m close to eight months into the job, I’m getting confident in my knowledge of some area affairs and the folks in the office are more than happy to suggest “You should write an editorial on…” Folks on the street are happy to make suggestions, too.
The local editorials and news analysis, coupled with this crazy column and Bob Rakow’s insightful B-Side columns that are usually found on page 6 are ways we hope to add a little spice and personality to the paper. Straight news stories, colorful features and information about pancake breakfasts, church happenings and other items will still take up a majority of this paper but we hope these added bonuses make for some great reading.
Yay from the IPA
Now it’s time to pat ourselves on the back.
The Illinois Press Association announced the winners of its 2013 awards and the good ol’ Reporter will take a few Division B trinkets home in June. We don’t know what place we will finish in until then, but it’s fun just to be a finalist.