“What’s Behind Colin Kaepernick’s Surprise Workout?” News Comment

Dan Adler’s feature story over Colin Kaepernick focused on the NFL’s invitation for him to share his surprise workout in Atlanta on Saturday. He hasn’t played in a game since New Years day 2017 since he kneeled to protest the national anthem. Ever since, the league has basically forced him not to play to avoid controversery. In the eyes of the public, the former football player has become one of the biggest advocates “in the Trump-era culture wars”. The article mentioned this invitation is at a weird time since Kaepernick has been petitioning this since he was “black balled”. He says this is because the NFL is just a show and is wanting to now take credit that they recognize the importance of Kaepernick in the business.

I thought this feature story was written well. it was short but included a background on what Kaepernick is known for and how it’s related to this news event. You could tell Adler wrote it from the perspective of Kaepernick because of the wording and various use of quotes. It doesn’t include much description of Kaepernick himself but I think since it includes a lot of what he’s thinking, it works. I would classify it as a feature story because it focuses on someone famous for something but also includes an interesting part about them that people care about.

“’Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich declared incompetent for trial in assault case” by Robert Gearty news comment

Robert Gearty writes about NHL hockey player and Olympic “Miracle on Ice” gold medalist, Mark Pavelich being found unfit because of mental illness in his assault case. In August, he was charged after beating his neighbor with a meatal pipe, accusing him of spiking his beer after a fishing trip. His sister spoke of how kind he always had been, blaming the act on possible chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) developed because of hockey. 

The newsworthy value of this story is prominence as well as bizarre. At the beginning of the article, Gearty even introduces the assault suspect in a way that recognizes what Pavelich is known for, being a “Miracle on Ice” Olympic hockey player. It’s bizarre because when people think of Olympic gold medalists, they don’t usually coin them as being a criminal. It has the shock factor that makes this such an interesting story.

It was strange to me that they told of some of Pavelich’s achievements at the end of the story, giving him a bit more of a story. Even though it follows the inverted triangle, as it should, I feel like stories about criminals need to be more relevant to the now event of what is happening. It makes me think back to the Brock Turner stories. Where Turner was given a reason of why he raped the girl and listed what he was involved in at school and his grades and great reputation as a swimmer. Those facts have nothing to do with the case yet news stories still include them to give the suspect substance, make the story more interesting.