News Writing (2005)


26 Oct 2005

Ex 2-3b: Mock Crime Report

400 words. Write a crime story based on the fairytale you chose for Ex 2-3a. While I hope you'll have fun with this, I want you to assume that the legal system of "Storybook Forest" (or wherever you set your story) is the same as that found in the United States. Don't let the Queen of Hearts cut the head off of a suspect or confine him in the tower, without depicting a realistic response from our law enforcement system. Review the chart that was part of the assigned reading for 19 Oct, and decide what exactly is the "news". Is it that a crime or accident has been reported, that an investigation is proceeding, or that the results of the investigation are being announced? Is the "news" that warrants have been issued, a suspect has been arrested, charged, tried, acquitted, convicted, or sentenced? In Storybook Forest, even the Big Bad Wolf is innocent until proven guilty.

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