News Writing (EL 227)


31 Aug 2005

Reporter's Notebook

Read up to page 28 -- it will go fast. Note especially the vocabulary (p8-9). Complete the "Future Book" through December. The "story ideas" (p14-15) are obviously geared towards a younger audience, so come up with some better ideas that fit your peer group. Jot down about 10 ideas, and be prepared to toss out all but your two most original ideas. Be prepared to discuss the "news hook" -- that is, why do people need to read another article on parking woes, alcohol policies, bookstore prices, or cafeteria food? Even a humor column on such overdone topics needs a unique approach (or stellar writing).

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