Local reporting matters most, even when national media try to co-opt the narrative

This is why local journalism matters, sometimes more so on stories that attract national attention — and where America thinks everything is resolved when attention is diverted elsewhere. The local reporters don’t take off to the next big thing; rather, they grind it out, pushing back against those who seek to hide public information and who threaten to prosecute journalists who keep digging in order to cover up their misdeeds — as happened to the Sun-Sentinel staff. Kudos to those at the Fort Lauderdale newspaper who fought tenaciously against those in power at local school boards and the sheriffs department to reveal the facts behind the shootings at the Parkland, Fla., high school. Check out this powerful letter from a parent whose child was killed during the massacre at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, which was sent to the Pulitzer Prize committee. Kudos to the staff in South Florida – and to journalists everywhere who seek truth and report it.

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Some quick reminders about writing news, sports stories

I’ve been evaluating news stories for classes the past few days, correcting and commenting about several repeated weaknesses in stories. Here are a few suggestions that I just passed along to my students.

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