Yes. The semester is coming to a close. Students are running around and pulling out their hair from all the last-minute assignments right before finals that professors threw their way. Seniors are upset that they're getting closer to interacting with the real world than other college pupils. And I'm creating my final blog post about The Plain Dealer beat that I was assigned to at the start of the spring 2013 semester.
Actually I have one or two more left for extra credit purposes, so this isn't my last blog post. But I'll make it sound as though it is.
I remember the week that I got my new beat. I hoped that it wasn't as bad as my other one. It wasn't. TPD came out swinging and ready to prove that it wasn't like any other amateur news source.
Sure, nothing changed since I started studying the site. On one account I found that interesting because I noticed that another website I compared my beat to change in some way. Cleveland's page still uses the same blue tabs that BET used to use in an extensive amount on its page. You'd think Ohio would also change its news source's look in between that time. The site also had a difficult time contributing its own content toward issues outside of their state. The Associated Press occupied any coverage on such big issues as the inauguration and the new pope. The struggle with the paper using the external nonprofit news agency as its only source continues.
But the lack of change also served as beneficial for the site. I once compared the webpage to Black Enterprise and gave Cleveland a big thumbs-up for allowing the audience access toward controlling whatever videos they want to watch. I recommended that the page keep that feature the same. I guess the editors paid attention to that suggestion. The staff also didn't just bring in AP content, either. Whenever a story developed in their area, C-Town ran to the scene. And think about it: using the AP serves is a good thing for everyone. The agency may lack pictures sometimes and include long articles. But Ohio's staff may do this in the attempt of bringing the most accurate source they can find to update their readers. That, my friends, is ideal.
I compliment the writers for all of the work they put toward giving their audience the best information possible through the lack of change. It's probably because the editors noticed that I put up so many positive comments about their site that they've decided to let it be.
Or they didn't read my posts. That's cool. Not really.
I've found a handful of flaws from The Cleve's page. But I wouldn't do the source justice if I didn't mention how dedicated it is to its area. Good job, Cleveland.