Last Class, Up Next

Last class we dug into What is News? and qualities of news: Impact Proximity Conflict Timely Human Interest Unusual Helpful Celebrity/Prominence Consumer Trend We also started talking about characteristics of newswriting and journalism. The slideshow. Reminder NO CLASS next week. Sorry, out of town for an event. Due when we meet next is the news…

Back to School Special: Tips every brand new reporter should know

Here is a recent post from Roy Peter Clark at the Poynter Institute on basic writing and reporting tips. Even if you’re not bound for the world of journalism, some good pieces of advice for this class and writing in general. Roy is a wonderful writer, teacher and speaker. I’ve been lucky to hear him…

Bios

Due tonight is the 3rd person staff bio of yourself. These will be short, one or two paragraphs. Some details you should and could include are your full name, year (freshman, etc.), major (minor), work experience, writing experience (like any editorial position or if you’ve written for publications), extracurricular activities (maybe you’re a member of…

“Staff” bio assignment, due Sept. 10

First, welcome to Writing for the Media Fall ’18! Nice meeting all of you. By a quirk of the calendar, we won’t meet next week, as it’s Labor Day Holiday. Happy barbecuing. When we resume, I will start to delve into “What is news?” How to identify a compelling story, and the basic attributes and…

Watch Me Go

Wearable trackers are a billion dollar industry with devices capable of monitoring everything from sleep to heartbeats. Editor—and marathon runner—Greg Rienzi took one for a spin to see if a high-tech gadget really makes you more fit. Source: Watch Me Go

AP Stylebook

  A reminder to bring in a copy of the Associated Press Stylebook to class tonight and every week. We will use this book for quizzes and in-class writing assignments.