I am a student at Towson University. I am majoring in Mass Communications with a track in journalism. I have an Associate's Degree in General Studies. I joined NewsTrust to become more interactive with the daily news.
It has quotes from reliable sources to confirm that Kweisi Mfume is not going to be a candidate for Baltimore mayor. It gave a brief summary of past issues with the office of the mayor and a brief history of Mfume.
People who have worked on the water for the majority of their lives will have a better understanding of what can be done to help it and the crab population. Their opinions and suggestions shouldn't be dismissed.
Maryland is known for the blue crab, I hope that they continue to keep restrictions in place to protect the females so that numbers continue to rise. Just because they have gone up doesn't mean we can take away the precautions.
The article had a lot of good information, but it felt to me as if it was half based on a profile of Andres Alonso and the other half on the problems of the school system in Baltimore. I think it might have worked better as one or the other, or even two separate articles.
Opening the story with someone's personal experience helps to highlight the issue at hand. Readers can often connect to a story better when they see there is a personal connection for someone instead of just the facts.
The photos draw you in, I would have liked to have seen a picture of the Trail Tracker to see what it is that bird watchers are using. Maybe added a quote of what a visitor thought of using the Trail Tracker for the first time?
It is good journalism for breaking news. As not all of the information has been released, you cannot expect it to be a long article. A follow-up on more information as it develops would make this good journalism as well.
This left me with wanting to know more about the effects that could be seen in the Bay. Considering the strong lifestyle that is connected to the Bay, and with summer approaching means a higher demand for crabs, there is certainly more information and sources out there that could be explored.
Wish there would be more coverage of the damage that is still taking place. Once the immediate situation is resolved no one seems to want to linger to see the after-effects, they would rather go on to the next current story.