Jn 311 Class Notes Week 1
Jn 311 Class Notes Week 1 JN 311
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Date Created: 08/22/16
August 22, 2016 Monday, August 22, 2016 10:06 AM What makes a news story? What makes a good news story? • Accuracy • Good Sources • Newsworthiness • Clear, Concise writing • Adherence to journalistic style What makes a journalist? What makes a good journalist? • Curiosity • Writing ability • Creativity • Motivation and Tenacity How is the News selected? How do journalists select news stories? • Often they’re assigned by an editor o Sometimes reporters select the angle of coverage, but sometimes the editors select that, too • Typically, reporters will cover issues that are part of their "beat," or specialized area of reporting o However, with shrinking newsrooms, reporters are now expected to cover a multitude of issues • The space allotted for the story is often restricted o Editors used to make this assignment based on inches o Now, editors assign stories based on word count. • Depending on the news outlet's online capabilities, the word count may be unlimited • However, reporters and editors must keep in mind the attention span of their readers • Depending on the publication, reporters have a varied degree of freedom selecting their stories and the content of those stories. o It is relatively common for reporters to pitch stories to their editors o Reporters typically explain what the story will be about and what the angle would be o The editor will always ask, "why should people care?" Types of News Stories • Most news outlets offer a mix of hard and soft news • What’s the difference? • Hard News o Reported immediately after the event o Often Includes coverage of crime and government • Soft News o Reported when seen fit o Often includes coverage of crime and government The development of a news story • A major news event can elicit numerous news stories • These news stories typically develop in a systematic way o First, the major news event happens • Journalists report the breaking news • What type of news story will it be? • Where might this story be located (in Print or online)? o Second, journalists dig deeper into the event • The coverage now includes more detailed background information as well as late-‐breaking information • What type of news story will be best? • Where might this story be located (in print or online)? o Third, efforts are made to localize the story • Reporters attempt to make the story more relatable to their audience • What type of news story would be best? • Where might this story be located (in print or online)? o Fourth, reporters monitor the event and its aftermath • They may or may not continue to report on the news event, but they keep an eye on it to bring any updates to light • What type pf news story would be best? • Where might it be located (in print or online)? The development of an Actual News Story • First, the was breaking news. o (Photo controversies in the New York Daily News) • Second, Journalists found more information regarding the actual bombers • Third, coverage focused on the local impact of the bombing • Fourth, reporters monitored the continued impact of the bombings Discussion prompt! • What other events can you think of that followed this pattern? o How can you tell? • Baton Rouge Flooding • Gay Marriage Law • Orlando Shootings • Conflict in Syria Preview: Parts of a news story • Every news story has the same basic structure o Headline o Byline o Datelines o Lead (or "lede") o Strongest quote o Nut graph-‐ a summary of the story's contents • This graphs often immediately follows the lead o Background information and more quotes o Second thought quote
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