The University of Chapel Hill North Carolina accidentally sent out email notices to 2,700 high school seniors saying they were accepted at the University. The students who received the email will not find out officially until March whether they have been accepted or not. Two University officials were the ones responsible for the mishap.
The article that I read out of the Star Tribune was a very straightforward article. It was to the point and got all the necessary information across. It began with a very typical but well written 24 word lead. Looking at it there was no changes that I could have seen that would have made it better. The writer could have possible written something more clever about a rather humorous situation. However technically the lead looked good to the best of my knowledge. http://www.startribune.com/484/story/959431.html
I compared the Star Tribune's article about the mishap with the an article from Greensboro, North Carolina. The lead they chose to use was a bit different then the Tribune's. The writer informs the reader that 2,700 emails were sent out congratulating the applicants on admission to the school. Then they begin the next paragraph explaining that the problem was that none of these students were accepted. Both columns go into explaining how embarrassed the University was about the situation. They both quote the director of undergraduate admission in regards to the situation. http://www.news-record.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070125/NEWSREC0101/70125028
Both columns are great at getting their point across and well written, I preferred the one from North Carolina. They used more quotations from the director of undergraduate admissions. This gave me more information from a credible source in about the same amount of space.