News Writing (EL 227)


2 September 2005

Elements of Journalism (Intro, Ch 1, & Ch 2)

How are journalism and democracy linked? What is "journalistic truth"?

Update, 31 Aug: This book isn't in the bookstore. I've spoken to them about the problem. I'll try to cover some of this material in lecture, but we'll need to return to it when the book comes in.


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AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 1)

Use plain, powerful words.

Update, 31 Aug: There are a few copies of this book on the shelf with my EL 200 books (on the top of the shelf). It's extremely important that you know this material before you start writing your next assignment, so I'll distribute photocopies on Friday, and make arrangements to get future readings to you somehow. It's still a required book.


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Workbook (Ex 1-4)

(In 7th ed, this is 1-6.)

Update: "1-4" means "Chapter one, exercise four."

What do I want you to learn about? Audience.


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Workshop: Introduction to Weblogs

Time permitting, you will receive a weblog (online journal) at "htp://blogs.setonhill.edu/FirstnameLastname."

You'll be handed a copy of the online instructions.

For a previous class, a former student who has since graduated wrote, "How to get the most from your academic weblog."


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Workshop: Peer Profile

Time permitting, you'll get time to start on Exercise 2: Peer Profile. Feel free to get inspiration from page 23 of The Reporter's Notebook, but please DO NOT plan to throw all the answers to these questions, one after another, into your story. Your interview subject might give completely boring and unremarkable answers to these questions. I'm asking for a minimum of three sources. (Ask your partner whom you should contact.) Look for a "news angle" and stick to it. How could you make your subject's experiences relevant to a wider potential audience?

Continue reading...

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