Jeanette Steele is one of the three military reporters at the Union-Tribune. I’ve been reading her stories since she landed at the paper 10 years ago. Recently she reported on the U.S. bases on Okinawa. The Japanese are grateful for the help our military provided after the tsunami, but still argue that the military needs to move out.
What she does is solid reporting on a complex issue; writing in plain language.
In one paragraph, she gives an eyewitness report on what she sees, hears and senses. She describes the conditions in Tokyo with the reduction in electrical power because of the power plant shut down. This eye for detail is found throughout her piece.
One can learn plenty from her on how structured a piece so it flows nicely for the reader. You can read the story here: