Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Criteria for the Prep All-Star Teams Are a Winning Response to Concerns

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Criteria for the Prep All-Star Teams Are a Winning Response to Concerns

Article excerpt

A local high school swimming coach recently pointed out the need

for the Times-Union to be more thorough in selecting athletes

for the all-star teams.

I agreed, and mentioned that criteria should be published when

the teams are selected.

Times-Union editors implemented the proposal last Sunday in

announcing the spring prep all-star teams.

The criteria were so good that I would like to repeat excerpts

here:

"The (prep beat) writers are required to attempt to contact the

coaches at all schools in our circulation area that participate

in a given sport.

"Each writer must speak to at last half the coaches in a sport

before a team will be published.

"Each team is selected based on conversations with the coaches

and firsthand observations of the writers. Statistical

information is taken into account, but is of less value in team

sports than the input of the coaches and writers.

"In time and distance sports, results are more heavily weighed.

Consistency and head-to-head competition in those sports also

are factors."

My comment: No selection can satisfy everyone, but those are

reasonable standards.

Opinion disguised as news

Here is the opening of a news story from last Sunday's

newspaper. Is it news or opinion?

"For a man concerned about his legacy, President Clinton may

have invited one he didn't want: marking himself as the person

who set back a decadelong tide against sexual harassment."

There was no attribution used with that statement. It's

apparently the writer's opinion. But the writer wasn't

identified, either. The readers were only told that the item

came from Knight Tribune News Service.

A byline and an "opinion" label should have been included.

Clinton-Jones text available

Are you interested in the text of the federal judge's ruling

that dismissed Paula Jones' sex harassment suit against

President Clinton?

There are three ways to obtain copies:

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