Week 11 Final project/breaking news

Here’s the agenda for today:

News quiz

Profile review

Common errors:

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

Parallel construction:

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.

VIDEO: http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/100000002543563/the-changing-mission.htm

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

https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/shrinknp_200_200/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQrAAAAJGE0NWQ0Yjc0LWU4MjMtNDg0NS1iMmNiLTkyY2EzMWNiODEzMQ.jpgGuest 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


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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