Hundreds of thousands of onlookers, thousands of participants and an incalculable number of firecrackers filled the streets of downtown San Francisco and Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Horse with the annual Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday evening.
Week 5: Feb. 20-22
Tuesday: Covering Events
Why do journalists cover events? What are you trying to convey?
What to include:
- A lede that captures the mood and spirit of the event
- Who, what, where, when and why (either in the lede or the nut graph)
- Quotes from organizers
- Background/history (is this an annual event? how did it start? who organized it?)
- Size of crowd (estimate, get crowd estimates from organizers, police)
- Quotes from participants
- Capture the sights, smells, sounds, tastes of the event; use evocative description to make the event come alive
Event story ledes
You can start with a news lede like this:
or a feature lede like this:
Streets were so packed for Saturday night’s annual Chinese New Year Parade that Andrew Loukas had to use his grandson as a periscope.
“I can’t see anything,” said Loukas, who stood with his grandson George on his shoulders amid the throng at Powell and Geary streets.
“I can see dragon heads and fish,” George reported. “There’s weird people in weird hats in a car.”
“Thanks,” Grandpa said.
With tens of thousands of people lining the route, other viewers climbed on mailboxes, trashcans and Chronicle news boxes, while many peered out from department store and apartment building windows.
The full moon and clear skies drew the multitudes that stayed away from the soggy spectacles of years past. It was a perfect night to watch a dragon dance, a trumpeter trumpet and a beauty queen smile beatifically.
Where to find events:
Possible events for you to cover:
|Saturday, Feb. 24||Chinatown Community Street Fair|
|Chinese New Year Parade|
|Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt|
|Sunday, Feb 25||Chinatown Community Street Fair|
|Saturday, March 3||Black Cuisine Festival|
|Sea Chantey Singalong Aboard Historic Ship|
|Saturday, March 10||Many Voices, One Art Bay Area Choral Festival|
|Saturday, March 17||St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
Thursday: Covering Meetings
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
For next week: Field Trip to San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting
On Tuesday, Feb. 27 we will meet at 2 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. Please come to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chambers, Room 250, on the second floor. Here is a map and directions: http://sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=1175.
The agenda is available online. Please review it before coming to the meeting.
You are expected to write a 350- to 500-word news story about one item on the board’s agenda and post it to iLearn by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Remember to include your source list (with names and contact info for all your sources) at the end of the assignment.
Week 4: Feb. 13-15
This week we’ll talk about writing profiles and features.
Tuesday: Finding a profile subject, the profile interview, finding an angle, using your five senses, descriptive writing.
Exercise: Descriptive writing
Interviewing: Going Deep
Tips How to Write a Profile, Cubreporters.org
For Next Week:
Get ready to pitch your profile story on 2/20.
Week 3: Feb. 6-8
We’ll also discuss your Neighborhood Profiles.
AP Style Tip of the Week: Street names and addresses
From the AP Stylebook:
Use the abbreviations Ave., Blvd. and St. only with a numbered address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Spell them out and capitalize when part of a formal street name without a number: Pennsylvania Avenue. Lowercase and spell out when used alone or with more than one street name: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania avenues.
- Punctuating quotes:
- “Learn how to punctuate quotes,” said Rachele Kanigel, a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. “Periods and commas always go within quotation marks.”
In dialogue, each person’s words are placed in a separate paragraph, with quotation marks at the beginning and end of each person’s speech.
Dashes, semicolons, question marks and exclamation points go within the quotation marks when they apply to the quoted material. They go outside when they apply to the whole sentence.
Use single marks for quotes within quotes:Smith said, “She told me, ‘I wish I had been accepted to San Francisco State University.'”
- notorious and infamous
- Keep paragraphs short, generally one to three sentences. Start a new paragraph with each new speaker
- When quoting a source, include relevant information, such as profession, city (or neighborhood) of residence. Sometimes it’s relevant to include age (for a profile about a person, for example, or for a child).
Feature ledes and news ledes
Week 2 Jan. 30-Feb. 1 Developing a Beat/Interviewing
This week we’ll discuss the triumphs and challenges you faced in your first week of neighborhood reporting.
Also on the agenda:
- How to prepare for a news quiz:
- Read SFGate and/or the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, New York Times
- Listen to news shows on KQED and KALW
- The New York Times News Quiz
- Good example of neighborhood business story: Dogpatch, SF’s latest boomtown neighborhood, shedding scruffy past
- What makes a good pitch?
* Concise but informed
* Why should people care? Why it’s relevant, important or otherwise newsworthy
* Why now? Look for news peg whenever possible
* Whiff of the meat — telling details that will capture people’s interest
- Real estate/business story pitches
- New quiz
- Reporting skills: How to get information, developing your reporting style, finding story ideas, taking notes, cultivating sources
- Entry exam — common mistakes
- Delayed identification (read more on how to write a lede at http://cubreporters.org/leads.html)
For Thursday, Feb. 1: Turn in your Neighborhood Profile (paper copy submitted in class). Prepare for a news quiz.
For next week:
Write your BEAT REPORT in question-and-answer format (due Feb. 8). List the source(s) you used after each question.
Report and write your business/real estate story (due Feb. 15)
Welcome to the website for Rachele Kanigel’s JOUR 300GW Reporting course, Spring 2018
Week 1 Jan. 23
The agenda for today:
- Introduction to the course and the professor
- Review Reporting Neighborhoods and choose neighborhood beats
- Review syllabus
- Student introductions
Thursday: Entry exam (entire class period)