News Writing February 24th Notes
News Writing February 24th Notes CO 2413
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Intro to News Writing 24 February 2016 Today Service Journalism; News 3 Labs this week Reverse interviewing; News 3 info Labs next week AP Quiz M-P; News 3 due (end of lab) Guest Speaker - March 7 Dustin Barnes, the Clarion-Ledger (ROLE WILL BE TAKEN IN CLASS THAT DAY, PLEASE BE PRESENT!) News 3- Need to Know News 3 - a preview story 1. With service journalism (3 items) 2. Covering an MSU activity or community event a) What shouldn’t you cover? b) Why? 3. Interview 3 human sources- must quote 2 in your story a) How can you find sources? 4. Structure a) Summary lead; logical conclusion; observation detail; 250-300 words (MORE IS OK!) Service Journalism 1. The delivery of properly compiled extra details separate from your story. a) Enhances the value of information you give to your readers. b) Compile a list of facts, empowering details or information for a graphic to increase impact. c) DO NOT simply repeat key information from the story. 2. Two main objectives a) Usefulness b) Simplicity 3. No need to produce boxes or designs, or do html programming (this is for another class) a) Simply compile quality, AP-worthy data in a simplified double-space format. b) ALWAYS note the source after the information. Types of service journalism 1. Facts 2. Lists 3. Empowerment boxes 4. Maps 5. Graphs a) You can use contractions and percentage signs to help deal with space limitations. Use of observation in news writing 1. The use of worthy, impartial and connected observation is essential in authoritative reporting and writing. a) Practice makes perfect. Three Advantages 1. Reporter on the scene 2. Source humanness 3. Flavor and distinction Observation details 1. Observation must truly add to the story. a) It is more than just “being there” 2. Worthy observation connects with the topic you are addressing. News 2; Post-Mortem 1. Most common mistakes a) AP style i. Starkville, sippi, Missis (Spell out city, abbreviate state;followed by a comma) ii. Day/date (Use either day or date, not both) iii. “Direct quotes need proper punctuation.” Hall said. b) Working with quotes i. Introduce a source, foreshadow using a paraphrase; DON’T BURY. c) Inexcusable errors i. Spelling, subject/verb agreement, pronoun usage Editing and Rewriting 1. All writers need an editor a) First drafts are rarely satisfactory b) Copyediting- techniques that change and improve copy, but do not alter its basic structure and approach. c) Rewriting- rewording large portions of the copy and reexamining its structure.