Lauren Slavin

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I'm a student journalist at Towson University and editor-in-chief of The Towerlight, TU's independent student newspaper.

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.2

There has to be a more interesting angle to cover heat waves than, "It's hot out." But it seems most news sources are sticking to tips to stay safe and talking to the same doctors.

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jul 23, 2011
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3.5

What do the developers of Baltimore think?

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jul 11, 2011
Lauren's Rating
3.7

This is a well-written story that could have almost been split into several different stories: Who is the new director of the Contemporary? What's new for the museum? How can this museum survive in Baltimore's art scene?

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2011
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4.8

The original reporting done by The Sun was outstanding and the very definition of "good journalism." Good to see follow-up. With stories such as these, you wish you could hear the voice of the silent victim, but how do you get to those sources?

“These investigations are a lot tougher than any other investigation,” said McWhite, who previously investigated homicides and shootings, but not sex crimes. ... More »

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.9

Perfect combo of the history and future of a Baltimore classic.

“A lot of the folks who buy snowballs are kids. It’s hard to imagine a kid wanting a gourmet lemon verbena/kaffir lime/spearmint syrup flavor on a snowball—or ... More »

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Jul 9, 2011
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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
3.0

The fact that the author could be a subject in her own story is a bit too close for comfort. If the writer liked to blog or was interested in media or medical trends, that's one conflict of interest journalists can usually put aside to learn more on a subject. But this story only quotes bloggers, not their doctors or families, who may not see blogging as a healthy way to communicate as opposed to in person visits. It's a great feature that's well-written, but needs a more balanced writer.

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 15, 2011
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5.0
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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.2

Thorough analysis of a silly story. Now to find the plankers who have been arrested or injured and talk to them!

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 10, 2011
Lauren's Rating
3.5

This is a great start to a story that needs to explore the uprising of local sites like Patch and the downward slope of newsrooms because of budget cutbacks. But I think I'm only seeing part of a longer version, which I don't want to discount as not covering all its bases.

Is most of this story missing due to the new paywall system? Ironic: The place J-school students are trying to learn how to be better reporters isn't affordable to J-school students. Or most journalists for that matter. How can the industry change if it's not even helping itself?

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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2011
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3.6
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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2011
Lauren's Rating
3.8
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Lauren reviewed this story - Jun 9, 2011
Lauren's Rating
2.0

I wonder how officials running for office are looking into public transportation. That might add some context to the Op-Ed.

Even though I purchased monthly passes (girl scout drop-out's honor), My light rail ticket was checked a grand total of two times in the four months I rode twice a week. While the light rail's conditions haven't been awful, it seems like the MTA is all people can complain about sometimes. But if the light rail has an actual ridership of 36,000, people are riding it, it just isn't getting better. We may need a new plan.

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Lauren reviewed this story - May 9, 2011
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Lauren posted this story - May 9, 2011
Lauren reviewed this story - Apr 28, 2011
Lauren's Rating
2.8

Why wasn't Mfume available for comment? There is nothing about him not returning phone calls or e-mails, nor declining comment on the topic. What does this mean for the upcoming election? Who is "bent on denying Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake an elective term of office?" Why?

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Lauren reviewed this story - Apr 26, 2011
Lauren's Rating
1.7

This is good journalism for an introductory high school student learning to write a lede with the 5 Ws and H and a story with very little information. These types of stories are often released by new websites to break a story first or let their readers know they are aware of a topic. But to be good journalism, they must be replaced or added on to for an overall picture and greater detail.

NewsTrust doesn't seem to trust Investigative Voice. Why only show negative examples from a news source?

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Lauren commented on this review – Mar. 8, 2011
Brian Hradsky
4.1
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Brian Hradsky - Mar. 8, 2011

This story is great but is extremely boring. The story is way too long for the content. It is very much news but needs to be shorter to keep peoples attention. The Sources are great and informative but it is hard to read.

Lauren Slavin Comment:

Why should good journalism pander to an inattentive audience?

Lauren commented on this review – Mar. 8, 2011
Brittani Bowling
3.8
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Reviewed by Brittani Bowling - Mar. 8, 2011

This article, although rather lengthy, was well-written and included lots of relevant information. The journalists included lots of facts and good sources to back up their findings, and it is obvious they did a fair amount of research to dig into the Baltimore lead program. It is a shame that such a huge program that would be so beneficial to so many Baltimore residents is now going unfunded, but this article gives great insight as to where the problem lies and how issues regarding ... More »

Lauren Slavin Comment:

It is sort of lengthy. Do you think it would have worked better broken up into capsules?

Lauren commented on this review – Mar. 8, 2011
Kathryn VandenHeuvel
2.2
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Reviewed by Kathryn VandenHeuvel - Apr. 26, 2011

This is not an example of the strongest piece of journalism because it's not even really newsworthy. The whole point of the article is who isn't running for the campaign where as a strong article could have been to cover who is running for the campaign and mention that he is not despite rumors.

Lauren Slavin Comment:

You’re absolutely right calling this story a rumor. Gossip can be newsworthy, but you have to back it up with the facts.

Lauren reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.5

I wish the reporters had spoken with families who live in homes with lead paint that have yet to be fixed. They are the people who will suffer from administrative incompetence, and their voices deserve to be heard.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.0

Good example of a news source using transparency to validate thoughts on a subject that will be covered in the near future.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.8

"I interviewed numerous people ... who played key roles in text4baby..." Just not the mothers who have tried it.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
3.8

Instead of pulling a wire story, the Sun should have reported on this ruling in terms of the B'More for Healthy Babies initiative, which has similar goals and would be more pertinent to their audience.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.9

Fantastic idea of what an editorial should be: Slightly opinionated with facts to back up those who would disagree or agree with the journalist's opinion.

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Lauren reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
2.8

The story was closer to a cute feature on the first lady than any kind of informational piece on her initiatives.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.1

The article does not mention much about the B'More Healthy Babies initiative, as I would assume that's what sparked this story idea.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
3.6

This story is based on the city's plans, but there is no mention of the thoughts or opinions of those who will be affected.

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Lauren reviewed this story - Feb 15, 2011
Lauren's Rating
4.4

I wish the journalist covering this story had talked to some of the women who dropped out of the program. It would have added to the story to see why they couldn't stick with the initiative and double as watchdog reporting that could get back to the government to help make program changes.

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Lauren reviewed this story - Feb 10, 2011
Lauren's Rating
2.2

How can you write a news story and not quote a single source from your own interviews? Very weak journalism.

When going on a vacation, no one wants to think about the dark side of sunny days. Should the president's family be any different? Even the president deserves a vacation, but like any good journalist, keep a wary eye on his surroundings.

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Lauren posted and reviewed this story - Feb 7, 2011
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4 out of 5 rating - click to see review from Gin Ferrara | 07/11/2011
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