Week 5 Profile pitch/Covering City Hall

Discussion of President Trump’s Feb. 16 press conference

What would you have led with?

How would you have characterized the press conference?

Could you present a fair and balanced account?

How the media covered it:

The Washington Post: Trump claims he ‘inherited a mess’ at sprawling, grievance-filled news conference

Politico: Trump complains that he ‘inherited a mess’ in rant against media

The Washington Times: Trump blasts ‘out of control’ media for ignoring early successes

The Guardian: Donald Trump denies White House in chaos at extraordinary press conference

The Washington Post: Fact-checking President Trump’s news conference (analysis)

Profile Pitch:

Is the story compelling?

Review of Business assignment

Guest speaker: Emily Green, City Hall reporter, San Francisco Chronicle

Preparation for next week’s field trip to San Francisco City Hall:

On Feb. 28 we will meet at 2 p.m. at San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place. We’ll meet at 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.
Please try to get there on time so you’ll get to see the whole meeting.
From SFSU, the best way to get to City Hall is to take the M-Oceanside inbound/downtown to the Civic Center station and then walk west on Grove and north on Polk Street. You can’t miss City Hall, it’s the grand building with the dome.
If you plan to drive, metered parking is available on Van Ness, McAllister, Grove, and Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. A CityPark underground parking lot is located on McAllister, between Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place and Larkin. For driving directions, please see the directions here, or visit Google Maps.

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, March 1. Remember to include your source list (with names and contact info for all your sources) at the end of the assignment.


About rkanigel

I'm an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where I teach Introduction to Online Journalism, Reporting, Newswriting and other courses and advise Golden Gate [X]press, the student newspaper. I was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and I've written for many magazines and websites, including TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Prevention, Health, Reader's Digest, lime.com and CNN.com.

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