Former Governor And Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer Dies At 89

(Audio - streaming) It’s a cliché, but he really was larger than life. William Donald Schaefer rose from anonymous title search lawyer to serve four terms as mayor of Baltimore, two as governor of Maryland and two as the state’s comptroller. Full Story »

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JoAnne Broadwater
4.9
by JoAnne Broadwater - Apr. 20, 2011

This is great journalism. It captures the persona of a man who was truly one of the great characters in Baltimore history. This radio program includes the remembrances of prominent individuals who knew him. Their thoughts and memories bring the words of the reporter to life.

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Anthony E. Laus
4.7
by Anthony E. Laus - Apr. 20, 2011

I think this is great journalism based on the relevance and construction of the piece. The story runs smoothly and every paragraph is well-supported by quotes and facts. A very interesting and entertaining read.

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Joshua Venecia
3.4
by Joshua Venecia - May. 5, 2011

I find the story well written with its wide variety of quotes and anecdotes to give a good lasting image of who Donald Schaefer was. Even though I liked the ending, I feel the last two paragraphs did not flow well together. Also, I feel that some more contrasting quotes would make the story less biased, but not necessary because it is local news. I feel the story could use some more background information, especially how Schaefer grew up.

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Devin Hamberger
3.1
by Devin Hamberger - Apr. 20, 2011

I think this is good journalism because it helps the reader gain an understanding of who Schaefer was as a person even if they have not followed his story. Although it is a mixture of the writer's opinion and anecdotes from people who knew him, this story does a good job of giving the reader an overview of what he did as Baltimore's mayor and the kind of person who he was. This story is very relevant because he died recently and it is likely that many Baltimorians appreciated what he did for the city. Overall this is a good biography, but it does not tell the reader anything about his death.

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Evelyn Fogleman
3.9
by Evelyn Fogleman - Apr. 20, 2011

I think this is an entertaining piece that really tries to capture Schaefer's personality and impact on Baltimore.

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Sarah LaCorte
3.2
by Sarah LaCorte - May. 5, 2011

Although in many ways this is not a conventional piece of journalism, I really liked how it worked with the subject matter. The article is more of a tribute than a hard news or features piece, but I liked the article. I thought it was very well written, especially in the intro and it gave me, a reader from new jersey with no knowledge of Schaefer, a great image of who the man was. Was the article perhaps a little bias? Sure, but I think that for an obituary of man of Schaefer's standing it is nice to go out with people doting and praising, not ripping apart his career. I am very impressed with how many quotes were added to the article, the reporter really got quotes from anyone and everyone. I'm sure tons of people wanted to ... More »

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Alex Glaze
3.4
by Alex Glaze - Apr. 20, 2011

This article gave a very nice overview of the late Mayor William Donald Schaefer's life. He did a lot for the city of Baltimore, and his death is very relevant to locals of the Baltimore area. I thought this article did a good job listing all of his highlights as Mayor and Governor and getting a number of people's perspectives which adds credibility to the article. I dont think that it is necessary to add anything about his death to the story becase this piece is celebrating his ... More »

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Olivia Stephens
4.0
by Olivia Stephens - Apr. 27, 2011

I think this is good journalism. The author included a lot of things about Schaefer's personality. It is also well written.

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Megan Flannery
3.3
by Megan Flannery - Apr. 20, 2011

I do believe that this article is good journalism. It's relevant to society today because Donal Schaefer recently passed away. For the many people of Baltimore, he was an important figure and therefore his passing is a current topic, which makes this article very newsworthy. Additionally, I think this is a very well written and trustworthy article. Interviewing people Schaefer had worked with over the years, this article really takes a long look at everything Schaefer was able to accomplish. I believe that the author tried to take the essence of Schaefer and convey that to the audience, like using fun little anecdotes about Schaefer jumping into the seal pool. For me, it's stories like that which make this article worth-while ... More »

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Brittany C. Bell
3.9
by Brittany C. Bell - Apr. 20, 2011

I really feel that this story is considered good journalism because I was engaged the whole time reading. This is exactly what you have to do now days to keep an audience. I was not familiar with William Donald Schaefer until reading this article and it really painted a great picture of him and his qualities for me. I feel the article transitioned easily and powerful quotes were incorporated within.

It is truly an unfortunate event of his death because he was a big part of the Baltimore, Maryland community. This article was very respectful.

“Schaefer was his own person. He brought attention to the city. He used all of his personality not just the tough side but he used the soft side and the funny side to ... More »

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Dana Kobilinsky
3.1
by Dana Kobilinsky - Apr. 20, 2011

The reporter includes a lot of great quotes from many sources. The reporter also includes a lot of facts about his life and the story is very well written. The article does not mention his actual death, though. Some facts about his death would be interesting and helpful to know about. It is a little dificult to tell who said some of the quotes, but it is understandable because it is on the radio. I think the reporter did a good job of telling the public about his life and causing the readers to think his work about him after he died. The reporter also captured his "zaniness." I like how the reporter begins with the cliche that he was bigger than life and then later in the article explains that a 7-foot-statue of him was made.

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Hope Regalbuto
4.7
by Hope Regalbuto - Apr. 20, 2011

This story exemplified excellent journalism, it was well sourced and in-depth. The story really gave a sense of the actual WIlliam Donald Schaefer.

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Ali Pannoni
4.3
by Ali Pannoni - Apr. 20, 2011

This article shows a more personable side of Donald Schaefer than most of the other stories I have read about him. Yes, the author does offer his opinion so that may make the story seem biased, but he covered the mayor for many years and knew him personally so I think that makes him a credible source to speak about him. This story does not get lost in the facts of Donald Schaefer's life, but it shows him as a human being and how much he cared about Baltimore. If this reason, I think this is good journalism.

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Lauren Calva
3.7
by Lauren Calva - Apr. 20, 2011

I enjoyed this article. I think it was very well-written. I liked that the author included some of the quirky things that William Donald Schaefer did for the city of Baltimore. It really gave me a better understanding of who he was and how he liked to get things done. I also enjoyed hearing what his friends and colleagues had to say about him. Their opinions are helpful to myself and others who weren't born when he was the mayor and governor. Since I didn't really know that much about him, it was helpful to hear some of his accomplishments that made this city what it is today.

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John Rosin
4.0
by John Rosin - Apr. 20, 2011

This story is a good example of good journalism, but I wouldn't go out and say it's anywhere near perfect. There are a few grammatical errors sprinkled into the story, but not enough to take away from the overall charm of the story. Same goes for the amount of personal opinion adapted into the article. There is a little bit of positive feeling toward the life of Mayor William Donald Schaefer throughout the entire reading, but once again not enough to make this a piece of bad journalism. Fraser Smith's sources, interviews, and quotes are all well done, and he has his facts straight. His transitions were smooth, and the length of the article was perfect in the sense that I didn't stop halfway through, but I also wasn't craving for ... More »

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Christa Debole
4.7
by Christa Debole - Apr. 20, 2011

After reading this story, I have learned so much about William Donald Schaefer and his contributions he made to the city in which I live in. This story gives a very descriptive picture of the former Mayor in my mind and really highlights how he has changed the city of Baltimore for the better. Overall, this story was well written and informative as well.

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Jason Layer
3.7
by Jason Layer - Apr. 20, 2011

This story is an in-depth look at the life of a large public figure within the community. The author pulls in quotes from a variety of sources to provide a wealth of information. Relatively no bias because the author utilized so many different quotes and perspectives. The story also covers not just his actions as mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland but also what he did and how he acted when everyone wasn't watching. Overall, well-written and informative story that I would ... More »

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Jeremy Winn
3.3
by Jeremy Winn - Apr. 20, 2011

I truly enjoyed reading this article about this man William Schaefer. I cannot deny the fact that I am not very savvy when it comes to politics and I really had no idea who this man was, but through this article I am able to learn. All of the perks of Baltimore I enjoy because of this mans doings. I would of very much like to be raised in this era to understand him more. To see where he started and then look at his finished product. Nonetheless, I can't but I can enjoy what he has brought to the eclectic city that is Baltimore. No matter what you thought of him, you cannot deny the fact that this man loved his city.

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Ashley Gerke
3.4
by Ashley Gerke - Apr. 20, 2011

I like how the author provided several different quotes from several different sources about the former governor. I really liked how he listed some of Schaefer's biggest achievements throughout Baltimore and how he never gave up on them until they were completed. The author should of included a little sentence or two about how he died, I mean afterall isn't his death the reason this article was even written?Before reading this article I had no idea who the former governor was. I've walked passed his statue many of times and thought it was just a normal statue, little did I know the statute was just another representation of a man who changed the world.

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Micah Mohlmann
3.4
by Micah Mohlmann - Apr. 20, 2011

This article is really relevant for the Baltimore area especially because of the struggle for good leadership since Schaefer's reign. The second half of the article maybe could have been a little more balanced between facts and quotes because it feels as if there are just too many quotes. One reason why this article is so relevant is because it helps give the younger generation an idea of the past leadership that has helped to shape Baltimore and what it is going to take to have a good leader again. This article is obviously a little less objective and the author already had has opinion on the previous Governor before this was written, it does not include many negatives about his career so may be a little less balanced. Either ... More »

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