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…

Course updates

I had sent a broadcast message earlier to your TU email accounts. Here were the items discussed. Assignment #2 can now be uploaded on Blackboard. Practice grammar test (with answer key) now available to download from Blackboard. Midterm will now be extra credit. Everyone will get a chance to retake. Final worth 20 percent. Class…

Midterm!

A reminder that we don’t meet in class tonight, Oct. 15., but the Midterm will be held today online on the course’s Blackboard page. I sent you all a note to your TU email address. The exam should be filed under Content/Test and labelled as “Midterm.” The link to the exam will go live at…

Class Update, Midterm

Last week we did some lead exercises, midterm prep, and discussed more details about the upcoming Story #2, the advance story. More details on Story #2 in other blog posts. We also did the in-class Swimmer gold medal story, which we uploaded to Blackboard. The important note is that next the midterm will be given…

…more on the advance stories

The paper due on Oct. 22 will be an Advance Story, one that alerts your readers to an interesting and newsworthy upcoming event or opening. You see these all the time for scheduled press conferences/announcements, speaking engagements, symposia, exhibit openings, festivals, groundbreakings, etc. Look for all the news qualities we’ve talked about in case: proximity, timeliness,…

Update, Next Class

Last class we started to build stories, going beyond the lead. We wrote a short story in class and looked at how to order the details. Here is the short story  based on the summary lead assignment. Secondhand smoke linked with cancer in dogs Humans can be a dog’s worst friend. Short-nosed dogs of owners…

Advance Story

Here is the advance story sample. This upcoming assignment will be Story # 2 and it’s due Oct. 22. Below is the original calendar listing for this event. You’ll find something like this on the university’s news page, a press release, a flier, or as the subject of an email. This is just a starting…