In the Providence Prowl, Arjun Gupta produced a sophisticated report on cheating on senior exit projects. It's fine traditional journalism -- but the most intriguing online reporting I saw is this snippet posted Oct. 27 by Norah Richmond of the Hopewell Siren:
This morning Hopewell Titans were welcomed by a perplexing prank. The entire 500 hall smelled of an angry skunk smell. When trying to find the source teachers were told by students that there was a dead skunk and banner hanging from the wall outside of room 506. Hough High was responsible for the prank, obviously noted by their banner.
No, it's not meaty investigation or deathless prose. But it gets to what online news does best: It's an immediate report on the thing everyone was talking about that day.
Meanwhile, I got a chuckle hearing from Jeff Joyce, whom I met a few years ago while covering his elaborate role-playing Civil War trivia contest at Northwest School of the Arts. Now he chairs the social studies department at Hough, and he emailed to let me know the school doesn't have a full-fledged newspaper yet, but he has started a "bathroom press."
Um ... what?
"We write one-page articles on things we think are relevant to students and post them in the bathroom stalls ... kind of fun and funny at the same time. My kids are doing some really cool articles," he explained.
No word on whether the skunk prank made bathroom headlines.