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“If you have doubts about the accuracy of minor details in a story and they cannot be easily verified, delete them” (Kershner 144). Every mistake is noticed in a newspaper. Even if a detail is not thoroughly or clearly explained, it may perceived as a mistake. It’s difficult to be accurate and speedy, but that is the curse of […]

“Yet both the news pages and the opinion pages are under the jurisdiction of the paper’s editor, who makes sure that the writing on both is clear, accurate, fair, and balanced. The opinions on the editorial pages are supposed to be informed opinions based on information provided on the news pages” (Kershner 122). It would […]

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  “Specify that a source is responding to a direct question when omitting that detail would convey an inaccurate impression. Don’t rely on “when asked about” simply because you need a transition” (The Invisible Observer in Feature Writing, Dennis G. Jerz).   This lesson was one of the first things I was assigned to read as […]

“Remember that just because something is interesting to you does not mean that it is interesting to everybody. Picture the members of your audience, and try to figure out what will interest them. If your story tells them something new that will affect their lives, chances are that you have a good news story” (Kershner […]

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Dr. Jerz tossed this fine fellow at me during class today to illustrate the difference between active and passive voice. I’m pretty sure he’s a hexapus although I originally wrote hectapus. “Dr. Jerz threw the hexapus at Katy” versus “The hexapus was thrown at Katy.” I shouldn’t EVER forget active and passive voice again although […]

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” Do your homework before the  show. Find out as much background information as possible” (Kershner p. 97). Research is one of the most useful and perhaps underutilized tools to a journalist. Time restraints and sudden occurrences make research difficult, but in the cases of interviews or reviews, research can help you find an angle or can […]

“Good writers know the rules and know when to break them”(Kershner p.51). This sentence by Kershner is important for two reasons. 1st. Writing (even news) is a largely creative act. 2. Writing has distinctive rules, and if you are going to mess with those rules, you better know what you’re doing. Creative writers play with […]

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Part 10 of Kershner 9 explains the use of semicolons with conjunctive adverbs. Some common memes have decided to help us all understand the section a little better. Conjunctive adverbs occur when words like however, finally, or therefore that connect two complete and related thoughts (acting like conjunctions) but also explains the relationship between the […]

I’ve been blogging for my News Writing class, el 227, and now I’m going to recap what I’ve done so far in my blogging. This post will link to my previous posts and categorize in terms of depth, interaction, discussion, timeliness, and coverage. Depth: I deeply examined the issue of teaching 9/ll in my blog post on […]

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I was reading an article about journalism students in a 9/11 journalism program at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The story shares the stories they gathered from interviewing the children of victims as well as the stories of the students themselves. It was a beautiful and touching article. In the past days, I have heard […]