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Follow-up on FEATURE STORY assignment.
Graded papers returned today.
Major elements needed in each feature:
A unique, local and/or
timely focus that
connects with our broader local readership
Factual support with attribution for your chosen
story angle to enable reporter credibility with readers
Tommy Tran and additional balancing source quotes
to provide balance or broader perspectives
Good writing which clearly, precisely
and creatively tells an interesting story.
ONLINE FEATURE STORIES
Swine flu closes more Bay Area schools
Branham students say week off for swine flu scare
is not what it's cracked up to be
Alzheimer's series aims to push for cure
Cowboys assistant coach set for surgery
Hired! Job searching from coast to coast
Getting paid not to work
Current Textbook Reading
Chapters 4, 5 & 8
J61 Class : Newspaper feature writing
Focus: Tommy Tran (Unique points he raised)
Our Guest Lecturer Monday. Keep your notes for
your story. Now look for additional sources
to round out your story. That means you can
contact other SJSU Journalism faculty or local
media professionals - NOT BY EMAIL.
Write a two page, double-spaced, half-inch margins
newspaper feature story.
Thanks to Prof. Tom Ulrich for his special
newspaper guest lectures!
This story is due to Prof. Rucker:
MONDAY, APRIL 27th in class only!
Finding a newspaper nationwide
How to write a newspaper article
Dealing with Spelling Errors
Insider Info - Newspaper Careers
Skills for Working as an Overseas Journalist
Newspaper Industry 2009
How to save our newspapers
Do newspapers have a future?
There's the death of print & then there's the death of print
History of Valentine's Day
the INFORMATION AGE explosion!
Available !!! Help Wanted Now:
Good multimedia trained, multi-subject news writers with good
grammar, spelling and self-starter, critical thinking skills
who can multi-task under time-pressured deadlines.
JOUR 61: WRITING FOR PRINT, ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MEDIA
(3 UNITS). Introduction to writing for media--newspaper,
electronic and the Internet--as well as producing content for
distribution in a converged media environment. Emphasis on how
media require different writing styles and content.
Prerequisites including major restrictions: ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B.
Student Learning Objectives
successfully complete this course, students must be able to:
that they can write a hard news story in multimedia
formats for radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and online.
Demonstrate that they can write and/or produce content for
the ability to transcribe quotations exactly and
attribute all information or action to a source if they
don't observe it.
the ability to verify all assertions of fact when
gathering information and when interviewing sources for a story.
that demonstrate good journalistic
writing that is factually accurate, fair, clear, concise and has
sourcing and attribution as well as the correct use of quotes,
grammar, spelling and Associated Press or broadcast news style.
evaluate their own work and that of others for good
journalistic writing, including factual accuracy, fairness,
conciseness, good sourcing and attribution as well as the
use of quotes, grammar, spelling and Associated Press style.
different approaches to news consumers
the conception, reporting and writing of stories in various media.
Harrower, Tim (2006). Inside reporting:
A practical guide
to the craft of journalism.
Helpful Support Texts
Self help books for those who know they need to work on
improving their spelling and basic writing skills.
WORKING WITH WORDS,
A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors, 5th edition, by Brian
James Pinson and Jean Gaddy Wilson.
Media Writer's Handbook, A Guide To Common
Writing & Editing
Problems, 4th edition, George T. Arnold.
WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, A
Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and
Style, 3rd edition, by
Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald
verge of bankruptcy
Bay Area schools
World Health Organization (WHO)
Center for Disease Control
American Medical Association (AMA)
See potential symptoms
One in five employers uses social networks
Can they do this legally?
Top areas of concern
on social networking sites
Social networking sites
dos and don'ts
"Before you shoot
off your mouth,
your brains are
- Abraham Lincoln
must keep up with
Expect to be asked
"What's the latest
news" in every class.
Rock the Vote