Week 11 Final project/breaking news
Here’s the agenda for today:
Refer to sources by last names after first reference, even in a profile.
Comma splice or run-on sentences:
A modest periwinkle home sits in the Grand Lake neighborhood, the interior is meticulously curated.
Read more about comma splices at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/comma-splice
Phillips works weekdays at the park to ensure cleanliness, park safety, and prevent loitering.
Read more about parallel construction at http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/how-to-use-parallel-construction-correctly
Today we’ll talk in more detail about your final projects.
Final Project Checklist:
- Main story
- Sidebar, infographic, infobox or map
What your final story should include:
- Strong lede that captures the essence of the story and makes readers want to read more — may be news lede but probably a feature lede
- Nut graph (may be 2-3 paragraphs) that explains what the story is about and why readers should care
- Statistics (when possible) — how big, how many, how much?
- Financials — how much does this cost?
- History, background, context
- Multiple points of view — at least 6 sources, including officials, experts, regular people with varying perspectives
- Strong quotes that capture opinion and context
- Description of the scene, the place, the person
- Characters — look for a main character who will help you tell the story
Developing a reporting plan
Guest speaker: Michael Barba, SFSU journalism graduate and education/general assignment reporter at the San Francisco Examiner. You can read his work at http://www.sfexaminer.com/author/m_barba/
Next week: Trial story is due