With television recaps, if you must do them, please keep them interesting.
Simply recapping a show isn’t interesting.
Be original, be creative, there are very few sites that do recaps, but the ones that do them well are theones we need to be on par with
think Vulture, Hitfix, TelevisionWithoutPity, Eater, etc.Use images/videosSimilarly, with concert or event reviews, try to give some added value or have an interesting angle. No
one wants to read about something they weren’t at... unless maybe you have compelling photos. Or an
interesting anecdote.Also look for video from the concert/eventMore original content! Less filler! Create the story, create something people want to read about, thatpeople want to Tweet, that people want to talk about.We may not have weeks to write an article like a NYT writer might, but that in no way means that we
can’t produce something original, or create a talking point.
And that in no way means we can’t do it just as well. It is particularly easy when it’s a topic you are
interested in or familiar with.Get in contact with whoever you need to for quotes to make those posts more original
make it thebest you can to get it up on the site (esp for news posts) and you can add that stuff in later.
Then, when you are feeling like it’s getting slow, it’s time to work on the
rest, and you should have funwhen you are writing A&E and Food posts, in particular. What interests you?
Keep in mind, the minute you hit publish it’s going out into the public eye, on a highly read site. In the
end, you need to remember that, that your name is attached to what you are putting out there, and in
turn, Chicagoist’s name is attached to these posts. Write about what interests you and what will interestour readers, find a way to make it work into the site. We aren’t a reblogging machine, don’t be afraid to
Reblogging: The main thing you need to ask yourself before even reading an article you areabout to draw content from is: do YOU find this interesting? Would YOU click on it? How manymanipulative words will you need to use in the headline to get someone to click through? If theanswer to that last question is 1 or more, then you have to question even putting your name onthe post.