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    Good day, folks. I love what you’re doing. I have a couple of thoughts on the briefing package, in no particular order.
    — Why the War & Conflict rubric on the Briefing? It doesn’t really add anything and seems to box you in on what you’ve got in an ever-changing package. Plus, is an earthquake a war or conflict? Could you go without it?
    — “Hurricane Maria knocks out power, Iraq launches offensive on IS and Mexican earthquake rescue efforts”
    We’re asking the main headline to carry a lot of water. This one assumes readers know a great deal already (Knocks out power where? Oh, must be Puerto Rico. Is the name of the hurricane more important than the place?). Can we apply the “So what?” theory here and get a bit more specific on why I should care that there’s another Iraq offensive (again)? And “rescue efforts” doesn’t really say much (because they’ve now been under way for days). How about “Mexican death toll climbs”? Or “Mexican rescuers find survivors”?
    One more thought and then I’ll shut up: This is a structural issue. Having Update be more than a few words per topic pushes any other significant news down and off the screen. The Update items are the newest, but are they the most important? Right now, only one of the three things in the headline makes it into Update (Iraq). So does the headline need to reflect Update? Does Update need to be written much more tightly? Is there a way through design, such as an inset box, to signal readers that there’s more here?
    Hope these thoughts are helpful and not a pain in the ass. You’re really doing something remarkable here. Cheers, Pete Young/San Francisco

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