How do I, a journalism student, critique a mainstream news article? I'm just a student. I read mainstream journalism to learn from the experts. I was sure my critique would be something along the lines of, this story is great! It's covered so well.
But then I read an article on The New York Times website. I had a handout sitting on my desk that Terry Mattingly, director of the Washington Journalism Center, gave to us, his students. It's a list of 1o easy mistakes to avoid. And sure enough the lead was not up to par.
In the article I learned some book publishers are enforcing expiration dates for their e-books at libraries, but I don't learn this until the third graph. The lead grabbed my attention, but it doesn't tell me anything about the article. You be the judge. Here's the lead:
Imagine the perfect library book. Its pages don’t tear. Its spine is unbreakable. It can be checked out from home. And it can never get lost.