Weekly ‘What Works’ Assignment: Week 5

By: Abby Vance

Headline: Is teen vaping really an epidemic?

NBC News recently published an article about the new hobby teens are investing themselves in: vaping.

When I first saw this article, I was drawn to it by the title. Because my age-group wasn’t introduced to vaping as teenagers, I was somewhat oblivious to the shocking number of teenagers vaping. In this article, a doctor stated that 12 patients of ages ranging from 12-20 vaped using ‘Juul,’ which is a type of e-cigarette that can be purchased in many flavors.

In my opinion, I thought this article was very informative. Because I am not well-informed on ‘Juul’s’, vaping, or any type of electronic cigarette or nicotine-giving device, I was interested in learning more about them.

I will say, however, that I wish the first direct quote would have been something more informative. The first quote given didn’t really add much to the story, and I found one near the bottom that would have been much more effective at the top:

“This is the next teenage epidemic and by the time we figure the long-term consequences out, a whole generation of kids, their health is going to be impacted,” Thompson said.

Although we wouldn’t know who Thompson is without it being addressed previously, this quote would be much more impactful instead of it being near the end. Because many people want the most important information first, I think that having this quote at the top would show the urgency to stop teenage vaping.

The article also gave us photographs of people using a Juul so we could see what they look like. I thought this was great because it added another dimension to the story.

In addition, I felt that the information given was important and helpful. At the end, the article states that the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) wants to do all it can to ensure young people are not becoming addicted to these because of the abundant flavor options available.

All in all, I thought this article worked on many levels, as it was educational to know the impact vaping is having on teens. Because some teens and adults think that vaping is an ‘okay’ thing to do, I think this article addresses the seriousness of this epidemic.

What Works: Week 4 Assignment

Headline: Lost Dog Coffee finds home in Plein Air

On Saturday, September 8, the small community of Taylor welcomed their newest business: Lost Dog Coffee.

When I first glanced at the newspaper, I was drawn to this article for many reasons: the title, the location, and the detail. Because I am a coffee-connoisseur, I am always intrigued to find new coffee shops that pop-up close by. Since I live off Old Taylor Rd., I was even more excited to know that this is not far from where I live!

The structure of this article was always smooth. I didn’t feel as though it went from one thought to another. With some stories and articles about new things opening, the flow is not consistent and jumps from one subject to the next; however, this one was different.

At the very beginning, we get a photograph of the shop –– which automatically gives us a visual image of what the place looks like. I think it’s a great idea to include a photograph at the very beginning so people aren’t worrying and wondering what this place might look like.

In addition, We are presented with the information that is needed to answer most of our questions –– which is how every story should begin. Then, the story starts to unfold, as we are given a brief “history” of how the creation of Lost Dog came to be.

For me, I personally enjoy seeing quotations near the top of a story, and seeing one in the third paragraph was a great detail. These quotes allow us to connect with the person speaking, as well as giving personality to the text.

Another thing I liked about this article was that the author really made it interesting. Sometimes when writing stories about a store opening, they seem somewhat “dull,” if you will. However, this one was interesting because I think the need for more coffee shops in the surrounding areas of Oxford is high. In addition, the detail we were given about this coffee shop was informative. To know that this coffee shop will have one of the first Modbar AV espresso makers in it is impressive, which I think will draw in more people.

The article concludes by giving us information about their soft opening and the hours in which it will be held. In my opinion, I always like to end a story with giving people information about a business or the time something will take place, so I thought this was very effective.

Weekly ‘What Works?’ Assignment 2

Headline: Parking department sells fewer permits at increased cost

On August 30, The Daily Mississippian posted an article about a common issue shared by most college students: parking.

Social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have become the stage for students to post their frustrations with finding a parking spot on campus, and even though these are funny I can relate.

I was immediately drawn to this article because 1. I am a college student, and 2. I am often seeking a parking spot –– be it on the Square or on campus. Upon reading this article, I was surprised at how informative it truly was. I always love seeing numbers, as they give more evidence and provide us with true facts, and to see that certain parking spots sold out in only five hours on campus was shocking. I know that we have a growing campus, but I didn’t know just how much until seeing cars circling the parking lots around campus.

Mike Harris, the Director of the Department of Parking and Transportation at Ole Miss, stated that students have been complaining about the lack of and the overselling of parking spaces on campus.

Harris said that the reason for the overselling was due to the fact that many students will use one parking spot in one day. In addition, Harris went on to mention that students are unaware of available parking spots on campus –– including the Manning Center, which is available to those who purchased a Residential, Commuter, or Faculty/Staff permit and usually has over 100 vacant spots.

I also thought this article worked not only because of the information that was given by someone in authority but also because the article mentions a student’s frustration with the issue.

Cellas Hayes, a senior biology major, says that it is “inconsiderate” to pay so much money for a parking spot and end up following someone to his or her car just so she can get a spot in time to make it to class.

I like that we are given a perspective of a student who shows frustration; however, I think it would also be effective to provide the audience with a student who maybe has not seen the frustration with parking.

Personally, I have never had a hard time parking on campus. Since I’ve been to Ole Miss, I have purchased a Park-n-Ride permit at the South Lot. No matter if I’m running late to class or am simply rushed for time, I am guaranteed a parking spot every day. This article even mentions that the Park-n-Ride option has over 700 open vacancies at both locations combined.

All in all, I feel that this article was informative and eye-opening to the fact that Ole Miss is a growing campus and th4e need for parking is severe. However, Harris did inform students who are frustrated with parking to perhaps ‘venture’ off and find a vacant spot that is not where they usually park. I think this article might even lead students to purchase more permits at the South Lot and the Jackson Avenue Center.

Uber Offers More Than Just A Ride

OXFORD, Miss. – On Friday, August 27, 2018, The Oxford Eagle released an article about the popular car-riding service, Uber, now providing a food-delivery option to its passengers.

Uber has become a service that many college-aged students have become popular with using, as it provides them with safe transportation. However, now it is expanding its use to more than transportation — food delivery.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article and believe it works for many reasons. Because of the influx of new students in the LOU community, Oxford’s traffic has grown; therefore, going from one place to another has grown difficult. With the new Uber Eats service, fewer people will be driving on the road.

This article answers most of the important questions its readers need to know: “Who is this for?” “What is it?” “Where is this taking place?” “Why do we have this?”

Eleanor George, a spokesperson for Uber, quoted that the goal for this new service is to provide people with the food they love and to allow more customers in different restaurants.

I also thought this article worked because it told us what restaurants this new service would include, which is beneficial to its readers. The article didn’t leave off any important details in my opinion; however, there weren’t any photographs. If the article would’ve included the new logo for the Uber Eats app or even a picture of one of the restaurants, it would have brought a human element to the story.

Even though the article did not include a photograph, it worked for me. The message of the article was concise and the wording was carefully chosen.