by: R.B. Brenner | The Dallas Morning News
My student’s email arrived with an eye-catching subject line: lucky 7.
It was shorthand for the seventh revision of a story she had written in an advanced journalism course. The class, at the University of Texas at Austin, is designed to immerse students in the realities of a professional newsroom. One of the most essential realities is this: A reporter’s work benefits from careful editing, obsessive fact-checking and vigilance against blind spots or knowledge gaps.