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Stacy Spaulding

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I teach journalism and new media at Towson University and am looking forward to collaborating with my MCOM 407 students here on NewsTrust.

About Stacy Help
Occupation: Assistant Professor, Towson University
Interests: I'm interested in all things Baltimore: history, neighborhoods, schools, housing, blight, safety and government.
Expertise: Journalism history
Affiliations: I'm a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the American Journalism Historians Association and the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies. I am also a member of the Washington Swing Dance Committee.
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Journalism: 5-9 years
Education: Post-graduate school
News: 60-90 minutes a day
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
Politics: Neutral viewpoint
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Last Edit: Jul 9, 2011 - 12:50 PM PDT

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Stacy reviewed and starred this story - Feb 2, 2012
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Stacy reviewed and starred this story - Feb 2, 2012
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Stacy reviewed this story - Mar 27, 2011
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4.2

One of the reasons I enjoy Edward Ericson's reporting is his transparency. He tells us how here how long his interview with Rolley was, for example. He pushes interviewees for specifics, in this case names of campaign naysayers. He then goes to those sources, in this case Rick O. Berndt, for a clear and definitive response, and back to Rolley again. Ericson doesn't offer a comment on the exchange, but lets readers decide how to interpret the facts.

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Stacy reviewed this story - Mar 8, 2011
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3.9
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Stacy reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2011
Stacy's Rating
3.5

The DIY dance movement? So that's what they call it these days! As an active member of the lindyhop/swing community, I'm thrilled to see this reporter pay serious attention to the thriving social dance community in Baltimore. Perhaps this is the historian/anthropologist in me, but there's room here for more in-depth cultural/literary reporting--each of the genres mentioned deserve a more in-depth look at their history and culture. (What exactly is aerial vogueing, and is it related to lindyhop's aerial steps invented by Frankie Manning at the Savoy in the early 20th century?) If only there was a publication in Baltimore that covered regional street/social/academic dance as thoroughly as the New York Times covers professional dance...

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Stacy reviewed this story - Feb 24, 2011
Stacy's Rating
4.0

This is a lovely portrait of Ethel Ennis. In a city with an important--but often ignored--jazz pedigree, Mrs. Ennis is one of our living treasures. I hope this intimate look will result in more opportunities to see her perform and celebrate her talent and our history.

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Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 16, 2011
Rossella Procopio
3.8
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Rossella Procopio - Feb. 16, 2011

This does paint a vivid—and rather disappointing—picture of the Circulator’s efficiency under pressure and during altered schedules, but it leaves readers wondering if this is the usual case. I would still like to know if the Circulator is regularly dependable under normal circumstances, and if it has a future as a staple means of transportation.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Interesting selection of articles here about the Circulator. What’s your overall sense of the coverage—is it watchdog or lapdog? I really like the question you pose here, and in another review too where you wonder if it is innovative or redundant. After posting these ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Samantha Powell
2.9
(NT Rating: 2.8)
Reviewed by Samantha Powell - Feb. 16, 2011

It would be good to have a follow-up story about the bike plans. How do people feel about the $75 fine on motorists? Are the additional 23 miles being built? Maybe more quotes from riders who will benefit from the perpendicular grates.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

From your reviews, it looks like you got a great overview of bicycle programs in other cities. You identify some interesting questions here that are unanswered. I’m wondering if the other articles pointed to other unanswered questions about Baltimore’s bike program. One ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Sabrina Lindsey
4.0
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Sabrina Lindsey - Feb. 16, 2011

The reporter's approach to the story is warranted. He saw that there were problems in the way that Baltimore is conducting the clean up of the harbor. In this article, he offers three good examples of harbor cleanups in Virginia, Boston and Washington, which have all proved to be successful. In that respect, I did think that the subject was well researched and offered a lot of information. I also thought the subject had been investigated well.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I am really hoping some students in our class will also be able to add this kind of context to the project stories. It’s really helpful to know what worked—and what didn’t—in other cities.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Sabrina Lindsey
3.1
(NT Rating: 3.1)
Reviewed by Sabrina Lindsey - Feb. 13, 2011

The story lacked an actual story. Yes, it talks about a new organization and the plans discussed to cleanup the Inner Harbor, but there is no background. I know nothing about the organization and that is key to this story. It should be explained for those who don't know. A little history should be given on past groups and why this new group was needed. That way a reader would be able to take something from the article.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Great observation, Sabrina. Background and history—even quickly sketched out—add needed context for the reader, don’t they? Sometimes I think reporters are busy trying to get the who-when-where down, they forget to ask “how did this come to be.”

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Rebecca Jackson
4.4
(NT Rating: 4.4)
Reviewed by Rebecca Jackson - Feb. 15, 2011

This article gave a lot of information and provided great sources. The only thing I wished the writer would have added when talking about the increase in childhood obesity is specific facts about childhood obesity in Baltimore.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

A missed opportunity to localize. This would add a lot by outlining the contours of the problem in Baltimore and quickly sketching our our problems are the same or different than the national issue. That would be fascinating.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Michael Correlli
3.9
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Michael Correlli - Feb. 15, 2011

Good writing and a lot of sources and facts. The thing I liked most about this story was that not only did the author say there was going to be budget cuts, but he/she took it a step further and talked about what different organizations are going to do in response to said budget cuts.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Carrying through the detail like that gives us a sense of impact and lets us know how to interpret the information. Good observation on what a good addition it was to the story.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Michael Correlli
3.5
(NT Rating: 3.5)
Reviewed by Michael Correlli - Feb. 15, 2011

The writing for this story was solid and it had decent facts to back it up. However, I think this article really needs more quotes and sources.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Interesting comment—why does the story need more quotes and sources? Is it because there aren’t enough viewpoints represented? Because you don’t trust the reporter? Or just because it’s a lot of text without real people? I’m very intrigued. What exactly ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Melanie Yanney
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Melanie Yanney - Feb. 14, 2011

While this article is relatively short, it is clear, concise, and to the point. The author reported the facts and cited many sources in limited space, including community activists, county council, and residents. Not every article can be in-depth, headline news. I thought this one served its purpose well. This article is one piece to the puzzle of preventing urban sprawl in northern Baltimore County. It's good to know that the topic is frequently addressed. I also appreciated that the reporter defined a technical term in the article for clarity ("downzoning").

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Melanie, I enjoyed reading all of your reviews. They are perceptive and well written. I agree with your comment here about defining technical terms. I think even when writing for educated audiences we need to offer definitions for clarity and guard against jargon seeping into our ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Melanie Yanney
3.4
(NT Rating: 3.4)
Reviewed by Melanie Yanney - Feb. 14, 2011

To an outsider, this story may have little relevance; however, to those of us who are interested in the topic of urban sprawl or for those who live in northern Baltimore County, this story rings true. Call it a vignette of the bigger picture of keeping rural places rural and urban life contained. This article has all the qualities of local news: names of local roads, residents, and community organizations. While short, I believe the article serves its purpose of keeping a larger, front-page story alive in the news. Preventing urban sprawl in northern Baltimore County is a hot topic for residents, and it's important for news sources to report stories that affect the lives of their audience.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Yes…details like these are so important. Great observation. They tell us the reporter took the time to get to know the issue a bit rather than just blowing through.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Melanie Losover
3.9
(NT Rating: 3.5)
Reviewed by Melanie Losover - Feb. 14, 2011

This article describes a tax credit initiative that well help rehabilitate abandoned buildings throughout Maryland while using green building practices. While the article was definitely informative and got right down to the facts, I would have liked to see a little more detail behind each of the projects and how they will benefit each community. It was good that the author was able to get a quote from Governor O'Malley and another expert, but I would have liked to hear from someone living in one of the communities that is to benefit from this program.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Yes, detail is important, isn’t it? It’s a service to the reader when a reporter digs in deep on issues like tax credits and explains how they work and where exactly the money goes to. Sometimes reporters find the money doesn’t always go where it should…! ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Megen Donovan
2.9
(NT Rating: 2.9)
Reviewed by Megen Donovan - Feb. 14, 2011

There were a lot of the same quotes used from the State of the State Address as in other articles in the same time frame. However, backing into the story from an economic viewpoint was a nice change. It makes the reader think, ask questions. At first I was unsure about mentioning the funds for public education, but as I read on I saw that the author used that as something of a transition into how Maryland lawmakers are "raiding the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund."

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Megan, I enjoyed reading all of your reviews. Nice observations! You found a nice range of sources, too. I really appreciate here that you told us what was the same—and what wasn’t—about this story versus similar stories on the same subject.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Lauren Slavin
3.8
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Lauren Slavin - Feb. 15, 2011

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.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Great observation—a missed opportunity to localize the story. Were you able to find any Sun coverage on this initiative? What does that suggest for your project?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Kristie Udovich
2.9
(NT Rating: 2.9)
Reviewed by Kristie Udovich - Feb. 14, 2011

This was a good example of a journalism. I think it was very responsible in showing what people are doing for the environment. There were good sources but I want to know more information about this. I want to know why here and why they HAD to cut down these trees. WHy not an alternative route?

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

You make some good observations about questions the writer didn’t address. These seem like basic questions to address, don’t they? And if a reporter doesn’t ask these questions, who will? But I’m curious about the rating you gave this story (2.9) and the ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Kathryn VandenHeuvel
4.2
(NT Rating: 4.3)
Reviewed by Kathryn VandenHeuvel - Feb. 14, 2011

I believe this story is good journalism because it states the problem the addresses ways that people can help the issue. It is informative but not in a way that the average reader couldn't handle reading it.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

States the problem and addresses solutions? Why, that’s just what we’re going to do! ;-) How do you think the AP story compares to the Sun stories? Did you find any similar Sun stories? Does this particular story give you any ideas for your project?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Katherina Capon
3.8
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Katherina Capon - Feb. 14, 2011

This story gave a different view than others that I have read. It really discussed how the project would help the people of Baltimore by giving them jobs rather than just say that the line will build up the community. If jobs are granted to the people of the surrounding the area the project my be a better plan then intended.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Interesting observation—the more detailed look at jobs was enlightening for you. What other aspects of this project deserve a more in-depth look? Overall, as reporters, how can we assess whether this is a good plan or not?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Kara Duffy
3.2
(NT Rating: 3.2)
Reviewed by Kara Duffy - Feb. 14, 2011

There are certain things that I like about this article and there are other things that I think could use improvement. I thought the context of the article was important because if indeed this "runoff forecaster" tool is created, it could really be beneficial to helping restore the Chesapeake Bay. However, I think the journalism would have been much more effective had the writer cite credible sources to back up the information that they were reporting on.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I agree that sources are very, very important. Often we’re in such a hurry to put an article together we just grab the most available sources—instead of digging for the most relevant or enlightening. Hopefully doing these reviews will help us all think about the sources ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Jianwen Pan
2.3
(NT Rating: 4.0)
Reviewed by Jianwen Pan - Feb. 13, 2011

This article is not under good organization.Firstly, it pays too much attention to the disease data of last year while it could not demonstrate that the condition turns better this year.Furthermore, the article could not leave us some 'big image' and it even does not show a dangerous signal to those Oyster Fevers.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I like your comment about the big image. Many of the most compelling stories paint that image first using real people, then provide facts, data and stats to back that up. Good observation.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Jennie Byrne
3.1
(NT Rating: 2.9)
Reviewed by Jennie Byrne - Feb. 14, 2011
Stacy Spaulding Comment:

It looks like you’ve found several stories on your beat here. Do you have a sense of what angles have been covered—and which ones haven’t?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Elise Meisner
3.0
(NT Rating: 3.2)
Reviewed by Elise Meisner - Feb. 13, 2011

I think this is very good journalism. I think that it offered both sides of the story and the writer remained unbiased. While I think the author did do a good job, I do think that links should have been included. When a reader follows this story they want to be relocated to different links so that they can read up some more on the subject. I also thought the title was very appropriate because it was short and got right to the point and told the audience exactly what it was about.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I’m really interested in your rating (3.0) versus your commentary here (“very good journalism.”) What would 4.0 or 5.0 journalism look like for you? Besides links, are there other sources, facts, angles that the reporter could have included that would have increased ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Elise Meisner
1.9
(NT Rating: 1.9)
Reviewed by Elise Meisner - Feb. 13, 2011

I do not think this is good journalism at all. I think that this piece was not unbiased at all and it only specified all of the negatives on the subject. It did not offer any quotes or expertise on the matter and it touched on many numbers but didn't have any information or sources to back it up. Also, I think that having no links really took away from the piece because it wasn't that credible to begin with and it didn't give any links to direct the audience anywhere else to find out more information.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Elise, was this a journalistic story or an editorial? Does that change your opinion of it?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Daniel Rodgers
4.0
(NT Rating: 4.0)
Reviewed by Daniel Rodgers - May. 5, 2011

I thought this was a well-written story and provided some very authoritative sources. The statistics helped me better understand what the author was trying to say. I liked that the author included things about future projections and past decisions to make sure the reader is informed.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I’m curious as to how you think the AP stories compare to the Sun stories on this topic. Do you think this story has been covered thoroughly? Are there angles still untouched that might be an opening for you?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Daniel Baldwin
3.9
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Daniel Baldwin - Feb. 14, 2011

It would have been nice if the writer talked to more experts in the area. Also I the he said, she said, made the quotes difficult to follow.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Good observation. What kind of experts would have made the story more compelling? It’s an interesting question for us to think about as we start our reporting projects.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Chris Paul
3.1
(NT Rating: 3.1)
Reviewed by Chris Paul - Feb. 13, 2011

The main goal of this story is to inform the audience that Governor O'Malley visited an elementary school. There's very little about the fight to end hunger. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing because the purpose of this news article is to inform people on the actual event of a Governor meeting with schoolkids. However, I think questions on childhood hunger in Maryland could easily have been raised while reading this and the writer didn't really do anything to answer those questions.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Great observation about what the piece fails to ask. After posting this and your other stories, do you get the sense that anyone is asking these questions in our region?

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Cari Crabtree
2.7
(NT Rating: 3.3)
Reviewed by Cari Crabtree - Feb. 15, 2011

This article is meant to be a quick report on O'Malley's new bay analysis program. For this reason, it is not enterprising or particularly compelling or well-sourced. But this article does serve its journalistic purpose.

It's a great summary of O'Malley's BayStat plan.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Interesting that for most of the articles you’ve posted, you’ve been noting that they are basic overviews. Seems like there’s room for someone to go in and do an in-depth look at these issues.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Cari Crabtree
1.7
(NT Rating: 1.7)
Reviewed by Cari Crabtree - Feb. 15, 2011

This article is a disappointingly shallow overview of Governor O'Malley's 2011 State of the State address. What are the impacts? What's the context? Who is reacting to his speech? Where are the people impacted by this speech? What is new about this year's address?

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Great questions, Cari.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Brittani Bowling
3.9
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Brittani Bowling - Feb. 12, 2011

This opinion piece by the Baltimore Sun was full of a lot of good information about the current state of the bay and the EPA's plans for the future. The story gave a lot of evidence as to why it's important the EPA takes their promises seriously, and pointed out the reasons why their promises might not be realistic.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Interesting that you mention that the story points out reasons the EPA goals might not be realistic. That does a real service for the reader, doesn’t it, by not just taking the promises at face value but by explaining them (or checking them out). I love ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Brian Hradsky
4.7
(NT Rating: 3.6)
Reviewed by Brian Hradsky - Feb. 14, 2011

I really like this article, it is short and too the point and has multiple expert sources from both sides of the story. It is well written and insightful. It could have been more detailed but I think it is short enough to keep the readers attention.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I’m curious as to what kinds of details you would have liked to have seen? What details would have made it more compelling, or made one side stronger than the other? This is a good question for us all to think through, one that can make our reporting stronger in this course.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Ashley Gallaher
4.9
(NT Rating: 4.8)
Reviewed by Ashley Gallaher - Feb. 14, 2011

I definitely think this is good journalism. The story covered a lot of ground. It gave us a background and the facts. It included many important sources with meaningful comments that added to the story. You can tell it was well-researched because it included a lot of information from multiple sources and facts. It was clear, concise, and included very important information. I didn't give it a perfect 5 on the fair rating because although I think it included arguments for both sides of the story, I felt it tended to lean more to the people's side.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

More sources and more facts—I like that you mentioned this was important to the story feeling well-researched. Sometimes student stories are just as quickly thrown together as some of the other stories you reviewed. It’s important to remember that better reporting is the ... More »

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Ariel Gononsky
2.8
(NT Rating: 2.7)
Reviewed by Ariel Gononsky - Feb. 13, 2011

I think this article is somewhat informative, giving actual costs of training for teachers. However, I think it could have been written better and would be more credible if there were more sources or people quoted throughout the article. It does not seem like a completely balanced article because of the writer using words such as "surely" and "given what Mr. Alonso already..." which are leading words and may influence the reader's opinion on the topic.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

Words like that are very dangerous, aren’t they? I’m glad to see they bothered you. Sometimes it’s easier to see things like this in your own writing once you notice them elsewhere.

Stacy commented on this review – Feb. 15, 2011
Allison DeThomas
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Allison DeThomas - Feb. 14, 2011

I believe that this article works in the Governor's speech with facts and figures quite well. They give a lot of statistical information to back up their claims. One issue I had was that although there are some very credible sources, there are no quotes from people who are affected. The story talks about how fishermen are barred from fishing in certain areas and briefly mentions their issue but does not delve further into any concerns these people might have.

Stacy Spaulding Comment:

I really like that you are looking for quotes from people affected by this issue. That’s something I always look for too. Sometimes it’s too easy just to do a story using official sources and not get out there and pound the sidewalk looking for a real source.

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