In reading some more of the feature articles from Cubs' and White Sox' spring training the last few days, I have noticed one thing in all of the articles: they do a great job of using quotes. Most of the articles start off with one or two short paragraphs that tell you what the main point of the article is, and then pretty much can tell the entire story just with quotes. Its obviously much easier as they are getting these quotes from athletes who do interviews almost every day, but they still do a great job of getting the quotes they need and using them effectively to tell the story.
This is especially evident in a certain kind of article that they use. This article covers 3 or 4 stories in each posting, with each story only one or two paragraphs long. These especially show their good use of quotes, as each mini-story is made up either mostly or sometimes entirely of one or two quotes.
In the next post, I'll cover some more of the "hard news" stories, the coverage of the actual games and news stories instead of feature-type stories.