Kingdom Hearts III: “Classic Kingdom Trailer” Analysis and More!

Check out my breakdown and analysis of all the biggest news from the Kingdom Hearts Union X Dandelion Meeting, including this brand new Kingdom Hearts III Trailer!

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Danny Stewart- Portfolio Review #2

With four weeks left in the semester, here’s a checkup on my Columbia Missourian editing work

As April is already flying by, we’re all closer to the end of another semester and the beginning of another summer. Before we get there though, it’s time for another evaluation of my work as a Sports Desk copy editor at the Columbia Missourian.

Consistently since my first check up, I still sift through many sports stories and check them for errors. I also check to make sure that the reporter’s words make sense and that their story runs clean and free of mistakes. I also still fact check scores and stats for their accuracy as well. Then, a final process is making sure the copy remained clean before it heads to print. Finally, headlines are decided upon and written for print as well.

Something new that I’ve done since my first check up is scheduling and writing tweets for the sports section. This has broadened the range for creativity and deadline work during my shift because Tweets can’t read similarly to the headline or the lede. Then, I have to make sure the Tweets are scheduled out at random times in a time frame but also spaced out so it doesn’t look like a bot wrote them.

Once again, here is a link to my shift work log which will show you the stories I’ve worked on and what kind of editing work I did to each one: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ls4rMQgJM7-ekQH_ubDFXgql-MLM7H4rqIAx4iDPNUA/edit#gid=0

Examples of Edits for Web During a Shift

1) MU wrestling ready to ‘crush everybody’ at MAC Championships

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_sports/missouri-ready-to-crush-everybody-at-mac-championships/article_40e76368-18ff-11e8-8805-0381f0d8a29d.html

Missouri wrestling was only going for their sixth consecutive MAC title and not their seventh, that had to be fixed everywhere. I also made a few grammar changes. Then, I edited in InCopy for print as well.

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2) Lock, Crockett like what they see from new OC Dooley

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_football/lock-crockett-like-what-they-see-from-new-oc-dooley/article_52c49f4a-24be-11e8-b5f6-8b788d7247a1.html

In this story, I reworded things and fixed awkward sentences. Then, I made it an Editor’s Pick that night. I also edited it in InCopy.

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3) COLLEGE ROUNDUP: Missouri softball tops LSU in walk-off style

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_sports/college-roundup-missouri-softball-tops-lsu-in-walk-off-style/article_29501338-353a-11e8-b6b5-6b4def845868.html

For this roundup, I added words or stats for clarity. Then, I added an “Editor’s Pick” tag for that night. I then scheduled the tweet for this story, my first ever scheduled tweet for a story.

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4) Passion for coaching makes smooth transition back to sidelines for Ofodile (Print Headline: Odom optimistic for Ofodile’s opportunity)

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_football/passion-for-coaching-makes-smooth-transition-back-to-sidelines-for/article_64eedf68-3937-11e8-a3f3-2b1107d91127.html

I deleted an extra word and reworded a sentence that didn’t have much context in this story. I also edited this in InCopy later on and simplified the headline.

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5) A year removed from MU, Dolphins’ Harris focused on giving back to the place he came from (Print headline: Humbled Harris gives back to MU football)

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/mizzou_football/a-year-removed-from-mu-dolphins-harris-focused-on-giving/article_b996ca56-3ab5-11e8-a05d-d7ea3d0197d4.html

I deleted extra spaces and reworded awkward phrases for clarity in this story. This story also required a grammar sweep up. I then edited it in InCopy and scheduled the tweet later.

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Print Editing and Headlines

1)  “Grit, guts, and angels” and “Close shots don’t geaux in for MU in Baton Rouge”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_4819cf35-8966-5f2c-aa09-e62e8e1e1d60.html?pages=true

I edited both of these in InCopy after editing them for web. I love both of these headlines because one of them is punny and the other is to-the-point. The “geaux” headline was worked on by both me and Jack Radetic.

PDF: Feb. 18-19 B1

2) “Lopsided loss in Lexington”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_ae71e841-6af2-5918-8630-8d7f7fafb332.html

I edited this story in InCopy and I’m really proud of the alliteration of this headline.

PDF: Feb. 25-26 B1

3) “Hello, Newman: Career game lifts Jayhawks,” “Sexton’s Tide slip past Texas A&M in final seconds,” and “Pitt fires coach Kevin Stallings”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_e815893a-e63b-5b00-8297-52b550a95da7.html

I wrote all of the headlines on this page, but I’m prone to believe that the Newman headline is the greatest headline ever because it’s a Seinfeld reference indicating Kansas guard Malik Newman’s career-high scoring game.

PDF: Mar. 9-10 3B

4) “There’s no crying (or clocks) in baseball”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_b8397ec2-a394-5184-b690-bcf0e31418b2.html

I edited and trimmed this story in InCopy. I really like this headline because I referenced a line from Tom Hanks in the film A League of their Own in relation to possible addition of pitch clocks in MLB games.

PDF: Mar. 23-24 4B

5) “Holding out for a Haleigh: Tolton’s Humbled Hero”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_06be8add-528a-58cb-9764-5404f73744f7.html

I worked a lot on this one by editing it for both web and print. But once again, I made a pop-culture reference to Bonnie Tyler’s song “Holding Out for a Hero” because that song serves as inspiration for the girl in the story. Using that was really fun.

PDF: Apr. 8-9 4B

Tweets During Shifts

I started scheduling and writing tweets for the sports desk only a few weeks ago. I’ve had a good amount of tweets so far, but the three below I did just the other day and they each got a lot of action on Twitter and I’m proud of that.

  1. https://twitter.com/CoMoSports/status/983035243971031040
  2. https://twitter.com/CoMoSports/status/983063176496349184
  3. https://twitter.com/CoMoSports/status/983045057572818945

SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY! My Thoughts and Analysis

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Get ready to rescue dragons, find those eggs, and collect those gems again! 20 years after his creation, Spyro’s first three adventures have been remastered and remade for the PS4!

Here are my thoughts and analysis of how this all happened.

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SaberForge Darth Vader MPP Mk. II Unboxing and First Impressions!

The newest addition to my lightsaber collection is: The Saberforge MPP Mk. II: Darth Vader from “Empire Strikes Back!” Check out my unboxing and first impressions of the Sith Lord’s lightsaber!

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Danny Stewart- Portfolio Review #1

A closer look at my first four weeks as a Columbia Missourian Sports Desk copy editor

At the Columbia Missourian Sports Desk, copy editors sift through local, national and international sports stories to make sure that they’re well written with clean and accurate copy. We also make sure that they have accurate statistics and they have relevant headlines.

Here is a spreadsheet on which I record everything I’ve edited so far. Though for the first four shifts, I was unaware “Time Started” meant the time I actually started to look at stories. I thought it meant the time the asset started. So here is the spreadsheet with my struggles included:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Ls4rMQgJM7-ekQH_ubDFXgql-MLM7H4rqIAx4iDPNUA/edit?usp=sharing

Here are my weekly reflections in which I describe my experiences on the sports desk:

Danny Stewart- Week 1 Reflection

Danny Stewart- Week 2 Reflection

Danny Stewart- Week 3 Reflection

Danny Stewart- Week 4 Reflection

Examples of Edits During A Shift for Web

1) Surging Columbia College basketball prepares for meeting with Stephens

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/other_sports/surging-columbia-college-basketball-prepares-for-meeting-with-stephens/article_5349b536-fd7c-11e7-b69b-9b9e4f5bdd39.html

In this story, I edited a lot of syntax and diction issues. I also changed the headline by deleting “women’s” because the Columbia College men wouldn’t play Stephens College, an all women’s school.

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2) Lacrosse players show up, No. 5 Cougars show out in 85-80 win

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/other_sports/lacrosse-players-show-up-no-cougars-show-out-in-/article_9f3872a2-03d0-11e8-aed7-8b0b6448427f.html

In this story, a lot was reworded. There was also a few grammar things here and there that needed fixing so I did that.

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3) Bet with tennis star comes full circle for MU student ahead of Super Bowl 52

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/pro_sports/bet-with-tennis-star-comes-full-circle-for-mu-student/article_fe6a9f76-07ad-11e8-a022-5f177f6d66ca.html

My fellow editor, Jason, showed me how to add tweets into the story, so I added two to this story. I also tweaked some grammatical things in this story by adding words (seen after a + symbol) and removing words and letters. It’s also the cutest story ever.

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4) Jimmy Garoppolo reaches record five-year deal with 49ers

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/pro_sports/jimmy-garoppolo-reaches-record-five-year-deal-with-ers/article_c9982d6c-0d35-11e8-b26d-472c5b9011f4.html

I removed a lot of unnecessary info from this NFL Roundup. I really cut down and cut out a lot so that it could fit in print as well as still be considered as a roundup. I also added the photo of Jimmy Garoppolo to give better context with headline. This was also the first case in which I was reminded that I needed to put my name in notes mode so that people could tell I was the copy editor. That continues from here on out. (Ignore my mute button)

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5) COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bridges lifts No. 4 Michigan St. past No. 3 Purdue

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/sports/other_sports/college-basketball-roundup-bridges-lifts-no-michigan-st-past-no/article_f2a52d22-b79a-5c49-b800-567825486057.html

I had to completely rewrite the Texas Tech-Kansas State section in this story because a women’s game was written about underneath the men’s subhead. It took me forever to correct it because I had to double-check scores and stats for that game to make sure everything was 100% accurate. I became a reporter again doing this one. (Pictured Below)

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Print Editing and Headlines

1) “Izzo: Mum’s the word at MSU” and “Temple tops Wichita State”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_308a6b44-c708-508d-8824-53d8ca6cc25a.html

I copy edited both of these headlines and the stories for print. I also wrote the breaker for the Izzo story and shortened it for print as well.

PDF: Page B3 | e-Edition | columbiamissourian.com Feb. 2-3, 2018

2) “Racial profiling still affects NFL players” and “Gronk ‘ready to roll’ for Super Bowl 52”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_6568fbda-ede7-5565-b8b7-05109f930cd6.html

I copy edited both of these headlines and stories for print. I also edited the photo captions for these two stories as well.

PDF: Page 4B Feb. 2-3, 2018

3) “Cougars have high hopes for season”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_a60822ee-3ab9-53ef-8d11-73e673bcca64.html

I copy edited this story, headline, and photo caption.

PDF: Page 3B Feb. 9-10

4) “‘Good chance’ Porter Jr. returns to Tigers this season” and “Porter Jr. just wants ‘to play basketball'”

Links: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_ac591d30-8801-5f55-8ee2-119f0411c0fd.html and https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_5a7e93f0-5f32-5023-a7af-aa7cfec7331d.html

I copy edited and rewrote the headlines for the Michael Porter Jr. story on consecutive pages.

PDF: Page B1 | e-Edition | columbiamissourian.com Feb. 11, 2018

5) “Tide tame No. 15 Tennessee”

Link: https://www.columbiamissourian.com/eedition/page-b/page_703a5158-c06f-55f2-b4a5-ecf54aa427db.html

This is my pride and joy of my print headline writing. The headline is beautiful alliteration. I also wrote the breaker which has an Alabama pun. I also copy edited the story and the photo caption.

PDF: Page B1 | e-Edition | columbiamissourian.com Feb. 11, ’18

 

Working at the sports desk hasn’t required me to post anything to social media yet because the sports desk has its own social media account. The TA’s for the reporting class take care of the social media posts.

MY REACTION TO THE 2 BRAND NEW KINGDOM HEARTS 3 TRAILERS! THE HYPE IS REAL!!

It’s 2:30 AM but, there are 2, COUNT ‘EM, 2 brand new Kingdom Hearts 3 Trailers! Here’s my live reactions and my breakdown will be coming later!
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