Alternative Leads

Here are some versions of the alternate lead exercises: No. 2. Stolen baby Megan Perakiss will likely never remember the events of yesterday afternoon. Her parents won’t soon forget. Megan, the 6-month-old daughter of Michael and Ethel Perakiss, was still in the vehicle when her mother’s Ford Explorer was carjacked by an armed robber yesterday afternoon at a local gas station. The time…

Story #3, TedX talks

For story #3, write a news story focused on one of the below TedX talks. Imagine you’re a reporter covering the event, very similar to the Apple Event we looked at in class where they announced the new iPad. That event covered lots of ground and was nearly an hour or longer, but the story…

Alternative Leads

Here are some versions of the African wildlife relocation lead… Lions stalking deer in the stubble of a Nebraska corn field. Elephants trumpeting across Colorado’s high plains. Cheetah slouching through the West Texas scrub. Prominent ecologists are floating an audacious plan that sounds like a “Jumanji” sequel — transplant African wildlife to the Great Plains…

From Sri Lanka to Baltimore, a young life examined. [Feature Sample]

Jerome Chelliah, 25, spent his first 11 years as a refugee in Sri Lanka, an island country torn apart by years of civil war. Planes would frequently drop bombs near his home, forcing his family to flee to bunkers for safety. With no police force, crime and violence were rampant.          Aided by an uncle, Chelliah…

Feature (story #5) samples

Due the last day of class will be Story #5, the news feature story. Here are some examples of what I mean. You could write about anything, but remember: 1) no conflict of interest, 2) think of the news hook (why now?), 3) use primary, expert sources, 4) focus on one topic. Historical feature, such…

Focus Words

When you construct a sentence, where you place certain words and phrases can add impact and help focus the story. It can also help naturally transition you into the next sentence. Think about our in-class exercise on a feature, narrative lead. Here is the story. The [steps] leading to Ted Drake’s Wesley Neighborhood apartment can…

Last Class, Upcoming Grammar Test

Last class we started to talk about writing feature leads, and then took a crack at writing an anecdotal lead in class. We also started watching the movie Spotlight about the investigative journalism team at the Boston Globe who pursued the story on the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal. This upcoming Monday we will take…

Last Class, Next Week

Hi All: Recap of last class. I told you about the practice (diagnostic) of the upcoming Grammar Test. The exam and the answer keys are on the course Blackboard page. The (real) test will be on Nov. 5. We watched the recent Apple Special Keynote Event. I didn’t do this to promote Apple products, but rather show…

Midterm Redux

The Midterm test, which will now be scored as extra credit, is live on Blackboard. It’s called “Midterm Redux.” Ignore the original one. Here are some tips from TU Blackboard support. When taking a test on Blackboard it is recommended to use either Firefox or Chrome. Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge are not compatible with…

[Towson U.] swimmer wins gold at Pan-Am Games

By Greg Rienzi (TORONTO, 7:30 p.m.) Mandy Reynolds, a 19-year-old Towson University sophomore, bested a personal record by nearly four seconds to secure gold on Wednesday in the women’s 100m freestyle at the Pan-American Games, held in Toronto. The Long Island, NY-native swam a time of 58.42 seconds to beat a field of eight, which…