News Writing (2005)


24 October 2005

It Ain't Necessarily So (Prologue, Intro & Ch 1)

Whoops -- intially this page said "Ch 11". That was a typo.


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P2: Feature Article Pitches

Submit three one-paragraph story pitches for a 1500-word newsmagazine article (about 6 pages) that demonstrates your ability to identify and interview appropriate sources, to come up with an original topic or a fresh angle on an ongoing story, and to write something of interest to the SHU audience. Your deadline will be 5 Dec, for an issue of an imaginary SHU student news magazine (such as Time), to be published on 9 Dec. (That means that a story about Halloween won't be terribly newsworthy in December... but a story about SHU traditions, which includes graveyard legends and "Christmas on the Hill," might be very appropriate.) A shorter version of the article, 800-1000 words, is due on 11 Nov. I will have time to give you ample feedback on that version. A news feature might have a current events "hook," but the bulk of the story will be human interest. Thus, a news article might note that housing costs are up again, and include quotations from government officials and politicians -- the people who are in power to do something about it. A news feature, on the other hand, might focus on one particular young couple, who are expecting a baby, but who have to live in a relative's basement in order to make ends meet. The news feature would still mention statistics and quote from the people who are in power to do something about the situation, but would emphasize how these details impact this particular family. (Obviously, the article should bring in other families with a range of experiences, in order to tell the whole story.)


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AP Guide to News Writing (Ch 11)

Read this in order to help you determine what would make a good topic for Paper 2.


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Copyediting Workshop

Bring your AP Stylebook.


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