This particular article won me the award for best lede of the month in December, "Glee a show that that once encouraged individualism, has succumbed to peer pressure". I am especially proud of this accomplishment because I have struggled creating compelling ledes to interest readers, and getting that award really highlighted my improvement to recognized for creating a really good lede. I have also struggled with titles, and this is one of the few that I did not have to revise, ask for input from other people or end up being changed. I am not quite at the level of title writing that I want to be yet, but I can see improvement which is how I will get there. Besides those points, I like this article because of the topic, granted peer pressure does not seem that original, a lot of teens have no idea the extent to which in penetrates our lives and I think I got that point across.
I chose this article as one of my best pieces of work because I think it really showed my potential at the beginning of this year. This is the first article I wrote all year, and I picked something controversial that was being hotly debated at the time, which is good because that meant it was current and being talked about. I used four sources, tried to be thorough while telling the story and introducing my opinion. I think the writing was good, and that my opinion was compelling enough to make people want to read it and become at least more informed about the issue even if they didn't agree with my position in the article.
This article is one of my best pieces partly because of all the initiative I showed. I think the writing is a little more cohesive than my earlier articles. It was a completely different style than my usual writing because it was a features article versus my usual opinion articles. I think just the fact that I was willing to go off and not only write an article in a section I don't belong to but interview someone shows how I have grown as a journalist, by willing put myself out there and try new things.