I could have written that article better.

@makingpots (11922)
United States
March 19, 2009 12:58pm CST
Do you ever read an article in the paper and think to yourself that you could have done a much better job with the subject? Like maybe an article about a friend and some public interest event. Sometimes I feel journalists are just far too formulaic with their writing. It's like they are given a task or assignment and they just pull up a formula and drop in the information obtained.... somehow the person in the story gets lost completely. Ever wish you could write an article about a friend and all the great things they do for you or other people? Even if you don't consider yourself a good writer, do you ever feel like just sitting down and writing all about a person who matters to you. Have you ever done it?
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
20 Mar 09
Many a times I did feel the urge to rewrite the whole thing that I read in the journal and some other times I would badly wish to remake a movie. I think I would come up with better script and presentation that the film maker! And you have a wonderful idea there. I must start to work o it. Even though, I had written articles on my best friend on many occasions, this would be unique with a different kinda perception as a grown up.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Haha, yes I have wanted to remake a movie or two in my day.
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@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
21 Mar 09
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@dpk262006 (56784)
• Delhi, India
20 Mar 09
I do not think so. I believe that every one has his/her own style of unimitable style of writing and they do it accordingly. Your feeling are right upto an extent because sometimes I also feel that the writer could have explained better, specially when I find an article loop sided. It is, therefore, I read 3-4 articles of different writers on the same topic, specially in the newspaper.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hi, deepak. :) I agree with you that everyone has their own writing style, much like individual personalities.
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@dpk262006 (56784)
• Delhi, India
20 Mar 09
Hi! Dear ! Thanks for agreeing with me.
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@zhenghong (179)
• China
20 Mar 09
thank for you message, glad i was to get it ,frome your message i think you are love your life .write your own life .what would you write:of love? hate? fun? misery? life? woulid you write to please just yourself? or others? or yourself by writing for others? would you strokes be tremblingly timid or brilliantly bold? fancy with a flourish or plain/ there's a lot to think a bout here, isn't there? i can't consider the problem.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Mar 09
hi, zhenghong. Looks as if you enjoy writing yourself.
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@snowy22315 (66890)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I think that I could write more articles if I got paid decently for them. i dont like writing without payment because I find that it is too much work. I guess that I will never be that prolfic. Sometimes newspaper articles are not particularly well written, but the news on TV is actually worse than that. You have some pretty bad copy written at times. I dont know what it is all about.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Mar 09
..... maybe it is about people not being paid enough to do the job? I know what you mean.
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@mummymo (23707)
19 Mar 09
LOL I think that the majority of journalists are vermin that should be banned from being a part o normal civilisation. They lie, twist, trivialise and exploit people from all walks of life and in every type of situation! Sorry sis but I have personally seen how much of what goes into the media is twisted and made up!As for writing articles about friends and how special they are, there are a few people I would love to do that for but I would be nervous as I would worry that I wouldn't do them justice! Hugs xxxx
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I know what you mean! I just read an article recently about a friend of mine. For thirty years she has been doing some amazing work for the special needs population of my town and this area. While the article completely covered the program she runs and I'm sure that is all that matters to her, I felt so much was left out about her when she is actually the heart and soul of the program. Oh well. I have given thought to writing an article about her myself to see if the paper will run it, but I'm not sure I am motivated enough or if I would do her justice, as you say.
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@mummymo (23707)
19 Mar 09
I meant I might not do them justice - of course you would! I think you should give it a go and see how you do THEN decide whether to submit it to the paper or not! Go on . I believe in you and as for motivation I am sure that you would manage that just fine, just imagine how thrilled she would be with the finished result! Hugs sweetheart - hope you guys had fun at the park! lol xx
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@mummymo (23707)
20 Mar 09
I KNOW that as well Scoop - I shall continue to work on her! I think she likes you holding her that way - I would be careful! lol Hugs xxx
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 Mar 09
As a former journalist and still a contributor to many print venues, the reason so many stories sound formula based is because they have to be in order to meet the five major criteria of journalism. Who, What, Where, When and Why. Also, journalists must stay completely 'neutral' in their reporting because of privacy and libel laws. They are not allowed to report anything that hasn't been independently corroborated by at least two outside sources. It takes a very talented journalist indeed to 'humanize' the facts, and just the facts ma'am, that they are allowed to have go to print. That's why 'yellow' or sensational papers proliferate. These publishers do not subscribe to the rules of proper journalism and are constantly being sued.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I'm pretty sure you do a good job humanizing stories, sparks. Thank you for this response!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 Mar 09
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
19 Mar 09
Dog it depends on the kind of article being written. Is it a regular column, or a daily piece for example. Columns, are given more latitude. Other 'reports' of the stories of the day are assigned by the editor and he usually makes sure that the reporter getting the story and writing it is not related in any way to the subject. That way, bias is kept out of it. In theory. But only the big, respectable daily news papers stick to the honest rules of journalism, and frankly your Fleet Street in England, is full of papers that no longer do that...........that's what I mean about 'yellow journalism', a term coined by the Hurst Publishing Empire in the U.S.
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• United States
20 Mar 09
i see that a lot.. not that i could do better as far as spelling and grammar but so many news sites give like 1 paragraph with no details and it annoys me since im a detail obsessed person and i know if i had 5 minutes with the story i could write 3 pages worth of an article and not 4 sentences!
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Wink... well that is what proof readers are for, right? Lol
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• United States
20 Mar 09
i know for real!! i am editing my book i wrote and its a huge headache since i dont have my ADD meds and like i said i suck at all the proper english bs.. but im not gonna let that stop me.. im sure im not the first person to write something with issues in that department lol. just will take me longer and im learning as im correcting so eventually it will be worth it.. i think lol
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@scheng1 (24723)
• Singapore
20 Mar 09
They are working under a lot of stress. Journalists working for our national paper, The Straits Times and The Sunday Times, worked more than 70 hours a week. They also write under very tight regulations and deadlines. They have to write a few articles in a day and submit to editor before the deadlines. Unless us who do freelance writing, it's impossible for them to write a story and let the story sits overnight. They are not allowed to get too emotional about their subjects matter. Newspaper supposes to present only factual reports and not to prejudice or adds in unnecesary emotions into the reports.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
As a previous poster pointed out... I believe it is possible to humanize an article without adding prejudice or unnecessary emotions. Yes, journalist do work crazy hours and under strict deadlines... but you have to figure they must have known that when choosing it as a career.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
20 Mar 09
our local paper is pretty bad about getting things wrong. don't think they have a proof reader. i know i could do better than they do sometimes & i don't consider myself a writer. i have had people i would like to write about but i never do. i'd also like to respond to some of the letters to the editor sometimes to. people are wierd.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hi, ANTIQUELADY. Haha... people are weird... now that says it all! Haha Personally I can tolerate formulaic writing a lot more than sloppy proof reading.... come on people, what am I paying for, do your job!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36471)
• United States
20 Mar 09
the local paperis sort of a joke around here.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Hi Pots! haha..There were a few times that i thought I could write it better than the author who have written the article or the book I am reading. haha..Although I am not a good writer, I just feel that sometimes they miss something more important and sometimes they dwell on unnecessary things that should never be written about in the first place. There were times too that I just wanted to write another side of this person's life because I think that some articles have been unfair with her and many people have misjudged her for what she truly is. However, I really do not know how and where to start. LOL.. Take care and have a great day! loveslot..faith
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hi sweet faith! Haha, I get tickled by authors dwelling on things obviously important to them, yet leaves the reader asking 'wait, how is that relevant?'. I think you are a fine writer, my friend. I'm left with a smile everytime I read some you write around here.
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@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
20 Mar 09
Hi Pots dear! I, too am left with the same question sometimes. haha.. Thank you for the kind words. You're so sweet to say that! Thank you. lovelots...faith
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@paid2write (5202)
20 Mar 09
Of course you could have written a better article about someone your know and value personally. You could have written more in depth from your own knowledge. A journalist does not have that insight and does not have time to get to know everything about a person. A journalist writes a piece based on a few interviews and a little research. They form a quick idea about how to present a person within an article, and then write it. Most newspapers and magazines have a house style and journalists are expected to write in the required style. Why not write to the newspaper telling them what you know about your friend. They may publish it. You could address it to the letters page.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Hi, paid2write. Thanks for your input here.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
20 Mar 09
I have thought that this article could have been written better and thta it lacked the depth it warranted.But it would mostly be my subject related.As far as other current affairs, I would not always feel that way, because I may not ahev sufficient indepth knowledge in it[say, politics or sports].But , what you ahev written in the end has never struck me so far.[about a friend].Whatever I feel about a close person I have never thought of writing it all down.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
21 Mar 09
Hi, kalav56. Thanks for the response.
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@p1kef1sh (45638)
20 Mar 09
Sometimes, although I regard pretty much everything that the newspapers write about as at least partially pure fabrication and speculation. I have almost no regard for journalists at all. I have seen lovelier slithering things than most newspaper journalists. I had a friend whose reputation was ruined by two newspapers. He lost his career and many so called friends because his role in something was misrepresented. I won't go into the detail here, but E mail me and I will tell you. However, to answer your question. I have written about my friends in the past and probably will do so again. But not in newspapers of course. Sometimes I think that writing down what someone means to you is an excellent way of understanding how you feel.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
I actually know some journalists that I hold in high regard.... excellent writers who turned to journalism to pay the bills. Is that 'selling out'? That is always a good conversation to have with someone, no mater what the career choice. I agree with you that writing down what someone means to you is an excellent ways to understand ones feelings. I've done it many times.
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@sagnik42 (3595)
• India
20 Mar 09
I write so so...but i love to write.I keep scraping some thing or the other.usually they are crap.but yes sometimes when i read newspaper articles specially on the sports page i think i can do a much better job than the journalists.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Haha, you sound like me husband, sagnik42. He devours the sports page everyday. I've heard him say under his breath before, "I wonder if this person has actually ever been to a football game?" Lol
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@vanities (11401)
• Davao, Philippines
20 Mar 09
hey makingpots...well to be honest no...i haven't think about that..i mean that i write better and everything...although i like reading but i enjoy what i read and never noticed the way it was written..maybe im not so meticulous on it...what im after is to gain information and enjoy what i constantly reading..
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
That is respectable, vanities. Thanks for the response. I wish I could read without noticing the quality of the writing... but then again, maybe I wouldn't enjoy reading as much as I do if I did. I like to find talented writers. Maybe I'm wrong to ever look for them in a newpaper.
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
20 Mar 09
I think I am not so much gifted that I can write much better than the journalists. it is pity. So I am quite contended with what they write. I enjoy reading good things.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Hi, subha12. I enjoy reading good things too.
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@cynthiann (18618)
• Jamaica
19 Mar 09
Yes, I had a weekly column in a sunday Newspapper for about 10 years. so enjoyed doing it too. Maybe one day again .......
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Mar 09
I hope you can do it again too, cynthiann, if you would like to.
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@flyinghi (130)
• Canada
19 Mar 09
This sounds like a great idea for an article. Even if you don't believe you have the skills now you can learn and build them up. Take an online writing course, go the library and find a book on writing.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Hi, flyinghi. Welcome to myLot. Good recommendations.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
20 Mar 09
Yes I do feel that way when reading. I have wanted to write about people who have refused or didn't see the point. I have recently signed up at helium and plan to write what I want when I want for the reasons I want regardless.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I need to sign up for some of those online writing sites. I visit them to read articles by friends but have never signed up for one yet. Let me know when you have a piece or two worth reading , maybe I'll get motivated to join.
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
24 Mar 09
Well, I just started one for movie reviews and I posted a few before I left for work so I will have to wait and see how lucrative it is. I am trying to pick a blog site and that will be what I focus on the most for a while.
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@HelloMickey (1659)
• Hong Kong
20 Mar 09
I have writen some feelings of mine in my language recently, I gave it to my hubby to read it first, he was touched. I never think I can write an article better than anyone, I don't think I can write as good as the delicate touch of their writing, there are always so many talented people.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
23 Mar 09
Hi, HelloMickey. It is probably most important that your writing touches the people you care about. You are doing well.
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