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Sally Lehrman

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I teach journalism courses and also maintain my work as an independent journalist covering science and social issues for a variety of print, Web and broadcast outlets.

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Location: California, United States
Occupation: Knight Ridder Chair in Journalism in the Public Interest, Santa Clara University
Interests: journalism, ethics, science, diversity
Expertise: Science and society; race and gender issues; inclusive coverage
Affiliations: Society of Professional Journalists American Society of Journalists and Authors National Writers Union Media Workers Guild Online News Association
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Journalism: More than 20 years
Education: College graduate
News: 90 minutes a day or more
Internet: 90 minutes a day or more
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Web Page: www.bestwrit.com
Address: CA, US
Last Visit: Mar 26, 2013 - 6:28 PM PDT
Last Edit: Jun 17, 2012 - 1:56 PM PDT

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Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Sahib Bhai
4.3
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Sahib Bhai - Jan. 9, 2013

This article does a good job of illuminating a common and highly problematic issue within the public health system and bringing a new light on it by pointing out that this issue of overcrowding is only a symptom of a larger problem within hospitals. The news value that dominates this article is proximity - this story is (or should be) important because a trip to the hospital is likely within our lifetimes, and these overcrowding problems can and will affect how/if we get treated. Not only does it affect us, it affects our friends & family as well. Thus, this is a major public health issue, even if it affects minorities more since crowded hospitals in one region may divert to others in wealthier regions, perpetuating the problem.

Sally Lehrman Comment:

It seems to me that you are making an argument for “impact” more than proximity. The piece would have “proximity” if you lived near or worked in an ER, or if you yourself had recently gone to one. “Currency” is also relevant because health care and ... More »

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Sahib Bhai
4.5
(NT Rating: 4.4)
Reviewed by Sahib Bhai - Jan. 9, 2013

This is a good article that utilizes both proximity and timeliness in that diabetes is primarily a first-world disease and can affect anyone. It is a serious and common disease especially in America, where obesity rates are also a problem, and as such has had much media and pharmaceutical attention devoted to it.

Sally Lehrman Comment:

You are actually referring to “currency”, not “timeliness”. That’s because the article does not report on anything that just happened, only a trend of increasing diabetes in the U.S. I would say that it doesn’t even meet that news value in the ... More »

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Nikole Ankrom
3.5
(NT Rating: 3.4)
Reviewed by Nikole Ankrom - Jan. 9, 2013

As we discussed in class, the Sandy Hook shooting has brought the issues of mental health and gun control to the forefront of the American public's minds. It is a topic that has a lot of currency, as it is still in the spotlight of public concern. This article is newsworthy due to the fact of its timeliness with the shooting so fresh in the American public's minds. As discussions of how to prevent future catastrophes continue, the news value of conflict is prominent in these discussions, and Seligman states his opinion on what he believes would be the most effective way to prevent another massacre is. These discussions have proximity for the entire U.S. as paradigm shifts in thinking about mental health and changing regulations ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

Very good analysis. Proximity doesn’t quite fit, though, except for someone who owns a gun or who has a neighbor, family member or friend who has one.

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Nikole Ankrom
3.3
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Nikole Ankrom - Jan. 12, 2013

This article has the news value of proximity, because binge drinking can be an issue in many different communities and age groups. Being a college student, this article has heightened value for me, as the group of females age 18-24 have the highest rate of binge drinking, and it is an activity that is highly accepted in the college culture and lifestyle. The surprising information in this article also adds to its newsworthiness, such as the fact that binge drinking puts women at a higher risk for breast cancer. While this article is fairly informative, I feel that it did not provide much insight into the issue or present information in a way that would be compelling in changing individual’s opinions on the issue.

Sally Lehrman Comment:

You are right about proximity. Consider that this story has more proximity for you and me, because we are in a college environment, than people like my next-door neighbors, who are both retired and have grown children. It is surprising for the reason you mention and also because ... More »

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Joseph Pariseau
3.5
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Joseph Pariseau - Jan. 9, 2013

It seems like this article tried to take insignificant results and post them as if they were. It makes no mention of the statistical significance and admits that there are a lot of confounding variables. This is my main problem with the article. Proximity: Almost anyone who cares about kids, has kids, or knows kids should care about this topic, regardless of the way they propose it should be fixed. Timeliness and currency: It is currently happening. Controversy: I think everyone agrees that child obesity is an issue, but no one really knows exactly how to address it. The controversy arises when people disagree on how to move forward. Surprising: I don't think its surprising at all. I think most people know about our ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

You are right about timeliness, as this study just came out. Currency as well, because obesity AND rules about beverage access are a topic that people are discussing. Proximity if, as you say, you have a child or are close to one. It looks like part of your ... More »

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Joseph Pariseau
3.9
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Joseph Pariseau - Jan. 9, 2013

I think that this story is at least mildly newsworthy, but it doesn't meet all of the requirements that we outlined in class. Proximity: It hits close to almost everyone's home. Anyone can imagine sitting in the ER hours on end due to an injury because of how many people abuse and currently misuse them. Timeliness and currency: It is currently happening. Controversy: It is a very controversial topic because it also brings up the issues of taxes and immigration. Both of these topics are very divisive. Surprising: I don't think its surprising at all. I think most people know about our problems with ERs. Prominence: I don't think there is much prominence, unless I'm misunderstanding the definition of it. There aren't too many ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

A story doesn’t have to fulfill all the requirements, but should hit at least two or more commonly, three. Timeliness fits because the study was just completed. Currency because taxes, immigration and health care costs are all issues on the public’s mind right now. And ... More »

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Desiree Daniels
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Desiree Daniels - Jan. 9, 2013

I chose this article because I felt that it encompassed all of the criterion necessary for a "newsworthy" article. The article touched on the concept of Proximity, because it not only affects me, but many other young adults in my generation. I grew up in a working class area and attended the local high school, where my graduating class had 35 young women become pregnant before obtaining their diploma. The controversial issues of unplanned pregnancy and contraceptives were an issue that affected my peers first handedly. As a result, both my peers and I became a part of the National Center for Health Statistics claim that, "The teenage birth rate declined 9 percent between 2009 and 2010, hitting an all-time low." If we were ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

Very thoughtful response and explanation of the news values in this piece. I would disagree about prominence, because that term refers to an institution or person that has prominence, not an idea. An idea with “prominence” would be better described as having ... More »

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Desiree Daniels
3.7
(NT Rating: 3.4)
Reviewed by Desiree Daniels - Jan. 9, 2013

The article extremely important because all citizens in the United States are affected by overcrowding in hospitals. Minorities are hit the hardest because when they are uninsured and unable to seek out primary care physicians, they are forced to turn to over-saturated hospitals AND foot the bill of extremely high hospital expenses. The sad thing is that majority of these illnesses could have been treated far sooner and for far less money, if primary care was a possibility for the vast majority of uninsured minorities. I think that this issue is very important to keep in mind for everyone, minority or not because this is an issue that is currently affecting hospitals all across the United States. Last year when I had neglected ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

You’ve written a thoughtful response to the story. Use the correct term for the news values we discussed. In this case, you seem to be alluding to “impact” and “currency”.

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Leesa Riviere
4.0
(NT Rating: 3.8)
Reviewed by Leesa Riviere - Jan. 10, 2013

This article in particular differs in its newsworthiness due to the fact for its focus upon an issue directly effecting the specific population of youth of color. Again, in many mainstream media sources, youth are as regarded as a general population as a whole, and minority youth and minorities in general are cited as having higher incarceration rates without further detail (as to why this phenomena take place or should be regarded as an issue). The choice of using the Minnesota report as a source and model for similar states, is a practice and approach not often used in addressing the issue of polices and institution disproportionately negatively effecting minorities and youth of color in comparison of other ethnic groups. ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

Clear evaluation of news values, plus an interesting analysis of this piece in the context of other news on the subject.

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 10, 2013
Leesa Riviere
4.0
(NT Rating: 3.7)
Reviewed by Leesa Riviere - Jan. 10, 2013

Overall, I found this article to be a very interesting, refreshingly different, and new focus upon an population not often mentioned in the "mainstream" of Black Catholics, especially in regards to acknowledging their large political influence in the 2012 election. Many references to minorities and minority vote in general on election coverage and level of influence, particularly with African-Americans, mainly focus on the overall percentage of the population of minorities such as "the Black or Latino vote" as a whole, rather than focusing in-depth on the individual issues as the basis for how the groups vote in relation to their religious or income based-class association/background. The news values of timeliness (at the ... More »

Sally Lehrman Comment:

A thoughtful analysis.Strong evaluation of news values, plus the structure and approach of the article. In the future, you don’t need to write this much, although you certainly can. Try writing shorter sentences for the online format.

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 9, 2013
Steven Su
4.3
(NT Rating: 3.9)
Reviewed by Steven Su - Jan. 8, 2013

This article describes the way that the privacy of users online can be abused and cites examples of controversial apps and the popular website Facebook. Specific persons were mentioned and quoted. The content itself clearly states the potential problem, effects it may have on the general public, and is current. WSJ shows ways in which privacy rules and laws can be circumvented. The article ends with an open-ended and unasked question: What should we do about this?

Sally Lehrman Comment:

Very good analysis of article structure and focus. What news values can you identify in the story?

Sally commented on this review – Jan. 9, 2013
Steven Su
3.0
(NT Rating: 4.1)
Reviewed by Steven Su - Jan. 8, 2013

As I was reading the article, my first thought was "Why did people even think it would make girls more promiscuous in the first place". The article should have delved into how the misconception came into being as part of its analysis of HPV side effects. In addition, it wasn't made clear if the 1,400 girls knew if they were part of a study, and the 500 who received Gardasil knew the potential side effects of it. The value of the news itself is more of a pacifier, designed to quickly alleviate concerns. Due to its timeliness issue, however (the study itself took 3 years), the article may not have as much of an impact.

Sally Lehrman Comment:

Good points. In the future, be sure to address the question of the week more directly, as well. Which of the news values we discussed yesterday are reflected in this story?

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