Critique of “Where are all the female college presidents?”

In the article “Where are all the female college presidents”, featured in the Metro section of the Boston Globe, journalist Michael Levenson begins with a strong opener: “Last year, a search committee at Springfield Technical Community College recommended four highly qualified administrators as finalists for the job of president. Three of them were women, but the Board of Trustees ultimately picked the only male candidate to lead the institution.” By beginning with what is characteristic of an anecdotal lead, the journalist draws the reader into the story. Throughout the story, he provides data for the reader that supports his claims that there is an underrepresentation of women college presidents. For instance, he includes data from the American Council on Education as well as data form the Eos Foundation. He also incorporates stories about women college presidents as well as various quotes. Towards the end of the article, the journalist mentions Mckenna, who was fired last year after being the president of Suffolks and getting into a fight with the primarily male board of trustees. The journalist demonstrates excellent reporting skills throughout the piece. He ends with a strong quote from Mckenna: “Nobody says that to men: He’s too tough. And that definitely is a bias”.


Critique of Laura Krantz articles

In the article “Growth spree has the UMass Boston campus in a bind”, journalist Laura Krantz takes an effective approach to writing the story, as she begins by discussing the University’s success back in 2011 as well as the University’s anticipated growth. She then flips her focus on the readers in paragraph four, where she talks about the warning signs that the University received when wanting to improve the campus. The main point fo the story is addressed in paragraph six: “Now, five years later, the campus finds itself in a situation much like the one it was warned about. In its quest to rise from a commuter school to a top-tier research university, it followed through with the buildings, the programs, and the faculty while largely ignoring the warning that came coupled to those promises”. In general, the journalist’s reporting skills in this story are outstanding, as she backs her claims with data, observations, and direct quotes from various people. She even includes at the end of the piece, data on UMass Boston’s enrollment and fund-raising patterns, among other things, from the years 2012 to 2016. Her meticulousness in reporting and gather information definitely shows through, as by reading this tory, the reader is able to better understand the information she presents and the claims she makes.

Another one of Laura Krantz’s articles in the Boston Globe is entitled “Some faculty fear that UMass Boston is being scapegoated”. This article, unlike the article motioned above, follows the news style writing in journalism more. For instance, the journalist begins with a lead, which addresses the main point of the story: “At UMass Boston, where officials are grappling with overdue construction projects, declining enrollment and a looming $30 million deficit, there is frustration — particularly among black faculty — that Chancellor J. Keith Motley is receiving too much blame for the campus’s problems,”. The paragraphs directly following the lead, like in news style writing, address the main point of the story in a more detailed way. Then, the journalist includes a strong quote from the director of the UMass Boston William Monroe Trotter Institute, which studies black culture. In general, Laura Krantz does a really good job of incorporating a lot of information and different ideas into this story, as she discussed race relations on the UMass campus, fundraising issues on the UMass campus, etc.

In the article “Warren calls on business leaders to join fight against Trump”, Laura Krantz again writes in the news style fashion. Her lead, expressed in the first paragraph states: “Senator Elizabeth Warren called on state business leaders Monday to get more involved in the political fight against Donald Trump, saying the president’s agenda will harm New England,”. She includes strong quotes from Warren: “It is in your economic interest to be in these fights,”. Although the article follows news style writing, there are still bits of the story that have characteristics aligned with feature style writing. For instance, in one paragraph, Krantz states: “As silverware clinked and waiters scurried between tables…,”. This more observational and creative style of writing is characteristic of a feature story.

Critique of “Shots fired in Cambridge are the first reported in months”

The article “Shots fired in Cambridge are the first reported in months, police say” follows traditional news style writing in journalism. The lead, which reads: “Multiple gunshots fired in mid-Cambridge Saturday night were the first reported in the city in months, according to Cambridge police”, is straightforward and addresses the main point of the story.

When reading the article, I looked for how many people were injured as the article’s title was about multiple gunshots being fired. Journalist Bret Hauff did not include the information that “no one was injured” until the second paragraph, which I found interesting. Many journalists would have included this in the lead since the amount of people injured in incidents such as this one, is of great interest to the public. Instead, the journalist decided to go with a more vague lead, maybe in hopes of drawing the reader in and encouraging them to want to read more.

The journalist includes statements as well as a direct quote from the Cambridge Police spokesman. In general, the rather short story did not include much information as to why the shots were fried in Cambridge, but that is probably due to the fact that the journalist had to write the article in a short period of time to get the information out to the public. Based on observations, it seems like the article will have to be followed up once journalists obtain more information about the incident.

Critique on three nut graphs in The Boston Globe

The article “Spurred by dot-coms, school furniture is becoming comfy” highlighted in the Metro section of The Boston Globe follows the feature story style in journalism with a nut graph in the fourth paragraph of the story. The nut graph states:Across Massachusetts, teachers are increasingly embracing a lesson learned from the dot-com world: different types of seating can make folks more comfortable, which in turn can boost productivity and creative thinking,”. In this, the main point of the story is introduced, similar to a lead in news style writing. However, in this case, the main idea is not at the very beginning of the story. This is characteristic of a feature style story. Journalist James Vaznis begins the story by introducing a specific second-grade teacher, Kelly Fitzpatrick, who says she feels her students are more attentive when sitting in comfortable furniture in classrooms. By the journalist beginning the story in a narrative way and then after, highlighting the main point of the story in the nut graph, the journalist is able to engage the reader in a non-traditional news style writing way.

Another story with a nut graph in the Metro section of The Boston Globe is the article titled “Bagpipers play the sounds of the season”. The nut graph reads: In the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums — marking its 25th anniversary this year — they’ve forged friendships”. In this story, the nut graph can be seen in the third paragraph of the article. Similar to the article mentioned above, the story begins in a narrative way, with sentences describing the characteristics of bagpipes as well as the different way bagpipes have functioned over the years. Then, in the third paragraph, journalist Cristela Guerra gets into the main point of the story with the nut graph.

Lastly, another story with a nut graph in the Metro section of The Boston Globe is the article titled “Fallen Watertown firefighter is saluted in solemn procession”. The nut graph, which is seen in the third paragraph of the story, states: A day after Toscano, 54, suffered a medical emergency while battling a two-alarm house fire and died, his fellow firefighters mourned Saturday during two solemn processions. Toscano lived in Randolph with his wife and five children, who are ages 12 to 19,”. It is here that journalist Laura Crimaldi gets to the main point of the story and addresses the who, what, when, where, why, and how. The journalist waits until the third paragraph to address the main point of the story so that she can begin the story in a more narrative way, drawing the reader in. This is characteristic of feature style stories as mentioned before.

Building a wall of compassion


More than 300 protestors stood in silence outside a Boston mosque in Roxbury on a Saturday to show their solidarity with the Muslim community in reaction to President Trump’s immigration ban.

The afternoon event, called “The Human Wall of Compassion” took place from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during Dhuhr or midday prayer. It took place on the sidewalks outside of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (ISBCC). People stood in complete silence against a fence facing the mosque. Some held signs reading, with messages like, “We have your back”.

Event organizer Richard Inonog discussed the importance of staying silent during the event. He said it was out of respect for the people praying in the mosque. In this way, he said the event was unlike other protests.

“Since it’s prayer time, we decided to do a silent demonstration and take a different approach to protesting,” Inonog said.

Inonog said he organized the event as a reaction to the travel ban.

“I consider myself Muslim by heritage and can relate a lot to the Islamic religion, but you don’t need to have a connection to the culture or religion to want to show up and support the Muslim community,” Inonog said. “You just have to be a good person”.

Sarah Brubeck of Boston said she was there in solidarity with Muslims she feels are targeted by President Trump’s travel ban. The ban prohibits citizens from seven Muslim countries including Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq, from traveling to the U.S.

“I’m here to show them I’m beside them,” Brubeck said.

Elise Springuel of Roxbury expressed a similar sentiment.

“I came because I am concerned with the way in which the leadership of our country and countrymen are treating Muslims and people of color,” Springuel said.

People passing by on foot and in their cars said thank you to the demonstrators by beeping their car horns and waving. Members of the Muslim community also expressed their gratitude by saying thank you to the silent protestors.

An elderly woman coming out from the mosque took the time to thank and shake the hands of every single person lined up on one of the sides outside of the mosque.

After the prayer, the ISBCC opened their doors to the protestors and allowed them to come inside the mosque. Members of the ISBCC smiled and expressed their appreciation for the demonstrators.

Boston elementary school teacher Bridget Shepard felt awkward when the members of the Muslim community came up and thanked the protestors.

“I feel like they shouldn’t even have to thank us. We shouldn’t be thanked for anti-racist activism,” Shepard said.

Critique of “Joe Kennedy speaks to NAACP members of hope in ‘dark and difficult times'”


The article “Joe Kennedy tells NAACP members of hope in ‘dark and difficult times” embodies all of those qualities present in a typical journalistic speech story. The lead states: US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III assured a crowd packing a Central Square church Saturday morning that President Trump’s administration will not rewrite the “American story”, as he encouraged the group to sand together in the face of potential oppression”. The lead addresses the central point of the story and allows for the reader to understand what they will be getting into. It is interesting because in this lead, journalist Amanda Hoover mentions the speaker’s specific name. Though she very well could have said “A US Representative assured a crowd packing…,” the journalist decided to state “US Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III assured a crowd packing…,” which causes the reader to realize that the representative is an important figure worth noting.

The journalist then goes on to begin the body of the story with a direct quote from the speaker: “We gather this morning gin some dark and difficult times,”. This addresses the why of the article in an engaging way, causing the reader to want to continue the story. In the piece, the journalist displays excellent reporting skills, by both paraphrasing and direct quoting what the speaker said, interviewing several other sources, such as audience members, and observing how the audience members reacted to what Joe Kennedy was saying. Her observation skills can be seen here: “Kennedy’s speech drew a warm response from the crowd, who applauded and cheered as they sat around tables draped with blue tablecloths and gold napkins, the colors of the NAACP logo”. The reporter then backs her observation with a direct quote from an audience member: “The only way this mission is going to move forward is if you have more people like him,” said Andrea Collymore, 53, an educator who lives in Cambridge,”. All examples of good reporting skills.

Critique of “Woman dies after being dragged by vehicle in Dorchester”

Under the Metro section of the Boston Globe, the article entitled “Woman dies after being dragged by vehicle in Dorchester” begins with a solid lead: “A Dorchester woman has died after she was caught in the door of an SUV and dragged hundreds of feet early Sunday morning following an altercation on Massachusetts Avenue, police say”. Here, the reader knows exactly what they are getting into at the beginning of the story as journalist Maddie Kilgannon addresses the central point of the article.

The journalist goes on to address exactly who was found dead in Dorchester in the body of the story. Though she addresses the “whom” in the lead, she intentionally keeps it vague by saying “a Dorchester woman” rather than a specific name, which is a good journalistic tactic. The reporter continues with details of the woman, Cusandra Webb’s death. She is straightforward in her storytelling and gets right to the point in the most objective way possible. The journalist sequences the events that led up to and took place after Webb’s death: “Webb was than hit by a taxi, police said. She was taken to Boston Medical Center,”.

The story itself is very vague and short, as the journalist was clearly not able to get much information on the situation other than the sequence of events that led up to and took place after Webb’s death. The only source the reporter was able to talk to in the case of this story was the police. She never directly uses quotes and only paraphrases what the police said to her. In general, the story would be stronger if the journalist used more direct quotes from the police as well as some other sources. However, keeping in mind the touchy topic of the story and the short amount of time the journalist had to write the story, it is understandable that the reporter was not able to obtain a diversity of sources with solid quotes.

Marty Walsh on unifying the City


The city of Boston must stay united in the fight for equality, Mayor Marty Walsh said to the nearly 200,000 people gathered in Boston Common last week at the Boston Women’s March For America.

The mayor showed his support for the diverse groups of people protesting against President Trump and his policies. Walsh addressed the importance of staying unified during these tough times.

“No matter what happens nationally, in Boston we will fight for our rights,” Walsh said.

People said they felt hopeful for the future and honored to be represented by such a progressive, understanding mayor.

“I am very proud that he is standing up for us as a city,” said local Boston marcher Danielle Bucknam.

Massachusetts, as a state, has been the first to adopt many progressive policies, Walsh said. He reflected on some of these firsts, such as the state’s adoption of the 2004 universal health care act and the court ruling of the 2010 marriage equality act. His message, the city of Boston, will continue to lead America in the fight for equality, resonated with marcher and audience member Lisa D’Ambrosio.

“I agree with the Mayor. We can’t sit around anymore and wait for other people to step in because it hasn’t worked. We have to fight,” D’Ambrosio said.

Roxanne Lee, a marcher said she was surprised by the mayor’s zest.

“He was very enthusiastic and revved up,” Lee said.

Walsh encouraged people to not just show up to the Women’s March in Boston Common and then go home and feel satisfied. Instead, he hoped for people to use the energy present that day to further the fight for equality.

“It’s not what we do today that’s important, it’s what we do tomorrow,” he said.

Critique of “In Roxbury, Warren talks about being silenced during Sessions debate”


In the article “In Roxbury, Warren talks about being silenced during Sessions debate”, journalist Nicole Fleming of the Boston Globe begins with a strong lead: “No one wanted to talk about the civil rights record of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’, Senator Elizabeth Warren told parishioners Sunday morning at the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Roxbury”. This lead is very straightforward in addressing the central point of the story and also touches upon the “who, what, when, where, why” of the story, which is vital for any lead in journalism.

The article goes on to include solid quotes from Elizabeth Warren herself, as she speaks to members of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Roxbury about how she encouraged people in general to stand up for what they believe in and never stay silent: “I believe that the Lord calls on us to speak, and I believe he calls on us to speak together,”. The article in general, discusses Warren speaking out against U.S. attorney general who as mentioned in the article is “clearly biased”. The reporter of the story does a good job in obtaining a variety of different sources to back her claim that many members of the Methodist Episcopal Church as well as in the community support Warren in her plead for people to speak up and have their voice be heard. In the article, the journalist quotes Warren herself, high school students, members of the community, members of churches, including Brewer, a trustee with the Columbus Avenue church by which Warren attended, and several others.

The reporter also implemented her observational skills into the story. For instance, in the body of the article, she stated: “Teenagers sitting in the pews, seven of whom were individually recognized later in the service for their accomplishments, said they heard Warren’s message: Don’t be silent,”. Here, she is combining her observational skills, as she recognizes the adolescents sitting in the pews of the church, with her interview skills, as she asked the teenagers if Warren’s message resonated with them.

The piece does not fit strictly into the categories of journalistic writing such as inverted pyramid style writing, hour glass style writing, etc. However, the article does end with a strong quote from a student who feels hopeful for the future after hearing Warren speak to her in the church: “Working together as a community, we can all promote a change in the end,”. By ending with a solid quote from a young observer, the journalist is able to wrap up the story neatly in a way that makes sense to the reader.

Critique of “More than 1,000 Patriots fans welcome home Super Bowl victors”


The article “More than 1,000 Patriots fans welcome home Super Bowl victors” by journalist Travis Anderson begins with a strong lead. The lead states: “More than 1,000 fans flocked to Gillette Stadium Monday to welcome home the New England Patriots and celebrate the team’s fifth Super Bowl championship in a historic comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons”. This sentence meets all the criteria that constitutes for a “solid lead”. The journalist addresses all of the important aspects of the story in the lead, such as the “who, what, when, where”.

The body of the piece is filled with various quotes from Patriots fans as well as a quote from Patriots linebacker Barkevious Mingo. Although the journalist obtained quotes from several different sources, in my opinion, some of his quotes were not very substantial and seemed a bit repetitive. For instance, one of the quotes from a fan stated: “Best in the world” while another stated “Greatest ever”. Both quotes are expressing the same idea about how amazing the Patriots team is; therefore, it was probably not necessary for the journalist to use both quotes. Also, the journalist could have potentially done a better job in obtaining quotes from the football players, as there was only one quote from one of the team members and it was fairly short: “Thanks for believing in us”.

While his reporting skills could have been a bit better, the overall framework and structure of the journalist’s article was good. Also, the repetitiveness of his quotes could be blamed on the fact that the individuals he interviewed had similar thoughts since they were all there for the same reason. You wouldn’t find a non-Patriots fan at a welcome home party for the Super Bowl winners.