“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 elements of news.

Due on Sept. 10 will be your first story, the staff bio. I want you to write the bio in 3rd person. So refer to yourself by full name on first reference, and then use your last name or “he” or “she” after that. Use AP Style throughout. For example…

Jenn Abelson is an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. She joined the Globe in 2001 and recently covered the retail and restaurant sectors. Abelson spent about two years investigating fraud in the seafood industry for the series “Fishy Business.” A graduate of Cornell University, Abelson was a 2012 finalist for the Livingston Award for journalists under 35.

Jasmine Smyth is a junior at Towson University, majoring in mass communication on the advertising track. She minors in health science. At Towson, Smyth is a member of the Allure student dance team and has performed at dozens of campus events and area festivals. Her hobbies include tennis, Netflix and online gaming.

I mentioned the bits of information you can and should cover in your bio during class. But keep these brief and tight. Most will fall under 200 words. One or two paragraphs. Three at most. Don’t forget to put your name on it and double-space.

John Smith

Writing for the Media, Fall 18

Staff Bio


Here are some sample staff bios. Boston Globe. Sun Magazine. WIRED.

Notice their content, tone and length. Several of these show a little personality or sense of humor in the final sentence. That’s OK. But otherwise keep these straight. Use details. Be specific. Let me know if you have any questions. Submit via the course’s Blackboard site.

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