Photo Captions

Owner Mary Paddington, and her daughter Grace, warm up their cat Ms. Whinny backstage at the 2017 Maryland’s Top Feline, an annual best-in-show competition held in Timonium, MD. Ms. Whinny would place second. • Photo caption (first sentence) should identify the people, place and action in the photo. • Second sentence (if needed) should lend…

Feature sample

Here is an example of a feature profile. Look how it’s focused on just one major element of this student’s life, and not him as a whole. You want to use just details relevant to the focus, which in this case is his YouTube career. Basketball player makes his mark on the court, and on…

Reminder: Course Evaluations

A reminder that course evaluations for Fall 2018 courses are available to complete online through Dec. 11, 2018.

Feature Bright sample, Classmate Interview

Here below is a sample classmate interview that one of my students wrote a few semesters ago. This story came out of the same type of in-class interview we did last week. Emotional subject, plus the writer did a good job staying focused on just the event. MCOM 256 Prof. Rienzi Classmate Interview   “I’m…

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…