Monthly Archives: February 2017

Breaking news prompt

Here is the prompt and the rubric for your web hit. You will have 30 minutes to complete one tweet and one Web hit. Good luck!

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In-class hard news homework

We will write your first hard news story together in class today. You will use the information in this prompt to compose your story. Please try not to work ahead. Keep up with the class as we move through this … Continue reading

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No class Thursday

Alas, all the other things going on in my life have conspired against me once again. So let’s go ahead and cancel class for Thursday, the 16th. We had an extra day built in anyway. See you Tuesday.

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Reading reminder and story sorting

First, a reminder: Please read chapters 2 (The Basic News Story) and 9 (Story Forms) in the Rich book by Tuesday’s class. Remember: the Cleaning Up Your Copy course report email needs to be forwarded to me by 11:59 p.m. … Continue reading

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Become news omnivores

I encourage all of you to begin, if you haven’t already, following the news. Journalists and PR practitioners must be information omnivores, consuming news from a broad variety of sources. Doing so can provide you with story ideas, to be … Continue reading

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AP Style help

The first quiz is Thursday. Some study materials would help, wouldn’t they? Did you miss all the action or just want to relive it? Here the AP Style worksheet I handed out in class (and attached here). My wife, Dr. Cox, … Continue reading

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Interesting grammar example

To amplify our discussion from this morning on subject-verb agreement, check out this Washington Post headline: Yes, that is correct. Looks odd. But since the subject of the sentence is “majority,” then the verb takes the singular form with “has.” … Continue reading

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