Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sometimes Good Work and Reader Kudos Do Connect

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Sometimes Good Work and Reader Kudos Do Connect

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Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

I don't work in the Compliment Department. That's over in Circulation where they take subscriptions.

But during an average week, I receive a number of compliments from readers. So it's only fair that I occasionally note them. Last week, I received several impressive compliments. (Yes, there is a bad compliment; praising a story that took your favorite side when it was supposed to be objective.)

There are times that good journalism goes unnoticed due to nobody's fault. Other times, good work and an attentive readership coincide.

-- Sarah Cole wrote Timothy Gibbons that his story on the Amtrak derailment near Crescent City (A-1, April 18) kept her attention. "I felt like I was there. It was like a breath of fresh air. I have not read a good story like this in a long time. I believe you are destined for great things. Keep up the great work." My comments: Gibbons re-created the accident, using novelistic writing techniques. But the writing would have been shallow without his review of 2,000 pages of documents compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board investigation. If you missed the story, you can find it on the Times-Union's Web site, Go to April 18 in the archives.

-- Cindy Tucker of Brunswick, Ga. wrote a thank-you note for the story and photos on the release of the POWs and her nephew, David Williams.

"The house was full of friends, relatives and newspeople. Teresa Stepzinski stayed in the background and didn't trouble us with a lot of questions. She would listen to everyone and I could really tell that she was just as excited as we were with the news and she also joined us with all the hugs. When I read her article on Monday, I was amazed at the warmth and accuracy. She truly is an excellent writer and we appreciate the time she spent with us.

Later in the afternoon, Terry Dickson came by to take a photo. Even though it was Sunday, a family day, he waited patiently for us to finish our lunch. …

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