- First of all, congratulations to all of you for your work so far! We’ve been more than impressed with everyone’s attention to detail in following our requests and meeting our deadlines. We are really looking forward to a great semester!
If you’ve had an article published either online or in print, please take some time to compare your final version to the version we’ve published. You will probably notice a lot of changes — that’s okay! This is a learning process, and the best way to learn is to be edited. By comparing the two versions, you’ll get a sense of what we’re looking for.
- We’ve changed something in the Program Manual. From now on, reviews of non-current media must have some sort of connection to the present. By “non-current” media, we mean anything that hasn’t been released in the past three months. Here is the text that has been amended in the manual, including examples:
Reviews do not necessarily need to be about current media. However, reviews of non-current media must have a specific connection to the present. Ex: a review of the original Star Wars movie that will be published around the time that a new Star Wars movie is released; a review of a book about Abraham Lincoln that was used as a source for the new film Lincoln; a review of a classic Michael Jackson album that is being re-issued as a special edition.
- When writing about stories that are changing or ongoing (i/e, a manhunt or a sports tournament), you must keep your articles up-to-date with developments. Keep the whole process in mind. first drafts are submitted a week before they will possibly be published online. If stories are changing in that time, they must be updated.
For example, last week we had an article about the Super Bowl that speculated about “who will win,” even though the game had already concluded. We received an article about the hostage standoff in Alabama, even though the standoff was already over. It’s okay to write about topics like these, but the articles must incorporate the most-recent information. If you don’t want to stay ahead of a story, then you should choose a story that will not change between writing and publication.
- Don’t forget to add your revision date to your header when you’re FINISHED revising. This is how we know you’re done. We can’t do the revision work needed to publish your articles until you’ve let us know that you’re done. You have until 5PM on the day your edits are due, but please feel free to submit earlier. Do not type a revision date until you’re *completely* done with your revisions. Also, don’t try to deceive us by typing an earlier date if you submit something late — we can tell when students do this.
- Finally, remember to send your bylines and headshots. They are due in a week!
A controversial Los Angeles priest is among those who will elect the new pope… A proposed state law would require polling places on California’s college campuses… In Washington last night, President Obama outlined this year’s agenda with the State of the Union… Chuck Hagel’s nomination as Defense Secretary is moving to the full Senate… Syrian rebel forces now have control of an airfield and the nation’s largest hydroelectric dam… Israeli police have detained several women for wearing prayer shawls normally worn by men…
Facebook has been sued for copyright infringement over its “Like” button feature… Major League Baseball’s Spring Training has begun… Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will tour the United States together this summer… New research on the link between videogames and violence is not conclusive… Satellite data indicates alarming water loss in the Middle East… Admitted plagiarist Jonah Lehrer was paid $20,000 to speak at the Knight Foundation about new rules to thwart journalists like him…
On Friday, an asteroid will pass by Earth and be close enough to see… The LA Zine Fest, celebrating independent publishing from around the world, takes place this Sunday, February 17… The NBA’s All-Star Game also takes place Sunday… The next Leimert Park Art Walk takes place Sunday, February 24… Through June 30, LACMA hosts an exhibit exploring the art of legendary filmmaker Stanley Kubrick…
What’s New on the Website?
Swamplandia! is Quirky but Lacking, by Claire Pang
Drug Jelly May Help Diabetes Patients, by Jasper Lee
Two Different Takes on “Warm Bodies,” by Joseph Kim and Christina Ko
Editorial: School Snack Rules are a Good Idea, by Cathy Park
Europol Uncovers Soccer Corruption, by Kenneth Na
Loyola Students Visit East Coast Schools, by Aaron Joo