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Week 15 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks/Preparing for Final Exam

May 2
Today we’ll discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

Interview with Rebecca Skloot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsDkAwjiT1Q

Rebecca Skloot on writing and structuring the book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXRhoA46-eA#t=39

Review for final exam
The final exam will be held during regular class time on Dec. 6 Please bring your Associated Press stylebook. You will have 75 minutes to complete the test.

Reporting Jeopardy

Your final project, posted to eportfolio, and all rewrites are due in class May 9.

Review for Final Exam:

Review the Associated Press Stylebook here.

You should be familiar with newsmakers from the past few months. To review you can look over:

New York Times news quizzes since February

You should know how to:

  • Punctuate quotes
  • Write numbers (ages, addresses, millions, thousands, percentages, dimensions like height)
  • When to use a hyphen
  • When to use singulars and plurals
  • Possessives/plurals (its/it’s, their/they’re, your/you’re)
  • How to write names of states, street names, titles
  • You should know that businesses, agencies, boards take a singular pronoun (Chevron opened ITS new headquarters; the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will hold ITS meeting)
  • Which/that
  • Affect/effect
  • Lie/lay
  • Further/farther
  • Who/Whom
  • Comma splice
  • Its/it’s

 

Week 12 Breaking News Reporting

Week 12, April 18
Today we’re going to talk about reporting on breaking news.

https://gsppi.berkeley.edu/eDigests/dec2011_files/image007.jpg

Breaking news sources:

Authoritative — city officials; police, fire, emergency workers; people who can speak with authority about this particular breaking news event
Experts — researchers, professors, non-governmental organization leaders who can provide context, history, background data

Victims, victims’ families — people who have been injured or family members of people who have been hurt or killed

Witnesses — people who have witnessed a breaking news event but weren’t hurt or personally involved

Person on the street reaction — regular folks who didn’t directly witness breaking news but can provide reaction to it.

Also on the agenda:
Preparing your final project outline

Resources for Breaking News Coverage:
U.S. Geological Survey
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

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

Week 10 Eportfolio/Covering Courts

We’ll begin class this week with a workshop on eportfolio. This semester you’ll be using eportfolio to post your final project.

Next we’ll discuss covering courts.

How a case moves through the courtsSource: American Bar Association

Writing the court story

Here are some examples of trial stories with the San Francisco Chronicle’s coverage of the Yusef Bey IV trial:

Opening statements: Prosecutor: Evidence links bakery, Bailey killing

Eyewitness testimony: Chauncey Bailey killing described by witnesses

Devaughndre Broussard testimony:
Chauncey Bailey killer takes stand in murder trial

Chauncey Bailey shooter laughed at killings

Antoine Mackey testimony: Chauncey Bailey murder defendant testifies

Closing arguments: Bakery defense calls star witness a murdering liar

Conviction: Your Black Muslim Bakery leader guilty of murder

Witness testimony: Sabrina Fulton

Tips for Finding a Trial

Ongoing court cases:

  • Arraignment or plea hearing of Lee Eigl: Wednesday April 5, 9 a.m. 850 Bryant St., Department 9
    This will be a very short hearing but since you have background on the case you could write a story on what happens in court. Or you could go to this and then look for a trial.

San Jose: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/04/03/inmates-testify-in-trial-of-3-correctional-deputies-charged-with-inmates-murder/

Preliminary hearing for Frederick Tran, accused of killing SF State student Ariana Hatami: Wednesday, April 26 at 9 a.m San Mateo Country Superior Court, 400 County Center, Redwood City. This is after the deadline but if anyone wants to cover this I will extend the deadline.

Tips for covering a trial:

  1. Write a lede that sums up the highlight(s) of the day in court (often a news lede, occasionally a feature lede) or what happened in the case (arraignment, bail hearing, etc.) that day.
  2. Look for moments of drama, surprise, emotion
  3. Translate jargon
  4. Include both (or all) sides
  5. Get direct quotes
  6. Use proper attribution
  7. Include background information about the crime:
  • Name of victim(s)
  • Name of defendant(s)
  • Date and location of crime
  • Charges
  • Name of court (San Francisco Superior Court, Alameda County Superior Court, etc.)
  • Possible sentence
  • What is the question in this case?

 

Week 10 Crime and Breaking News

March 28
Covering Crime and Breaking News

Announcements:
Rebecca Skloot at City Arts & Lectures April 26

AAJA Voices: Applications due March 31

Scholarships:

Journalism Department Student Survey — please respond

News quiz

Pitch final project ideas

Covering Crime

Then we’ll talk about the challenges of covering crime and breaking news using documents, interviews and web research.

SFPD CrimeMaps

SFPD News Releases

How to obtain a police report from SFPD

Oakland Crime Map

Oakland PD News Releases

Attempted kidnapping
Discussion questions:

Write a 400- to 500-word news story on Eigl’s arrest as if it happened early this morning.
Deadline: 6 p.m.

 

For next week: Profile is due. We will have an eportfolio workshop in class.

Week 7 Covering Events

March 7

Board of Supervisors — reflections

Stories from Public Records

2 Bay Area College Students Sue Over Travel Ban

SFSU cases

Golden Gate Xpress story

The Daily Californian

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Letter Generator

Student Press Law Center Letter Generator

This week we’ll talk about covering events in preparation for your next assignment.

Your assignment is to find a public event to cover and write a deadline story about it. The event could be a festival, a protest, a march, a holiday celebration, etc. You must submit the story within 24 hours of the event. All stories must be submitted by Sunday, March 19.

Here are some events you can cover:

Wednesday, March 8

A Day Without a Woman
http://hoodline.com/2017/03/bay-area-activists-plan-day-without-a-woman-rally-at-city-hall
11 a.m. to noon rally at San Francisco City Hall

Friday, March 10
Native Nations March
5 to 9 p.m.
The march will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Federal Building at 7th & Mission. There will be a short rally there before the march to the Civic Center. The rally at the Civic Center will include a traditional California Indigenous opening with Corrina Gould, speakers on the history of Native Americans and the Federal Government, Native American leaders, and others.

Saturday, March 11
St. Patrick’s Day Parade  (http://sf.funcheap.com/san-franciscos-st-patricks-day-parade/) or another event
Parade: Starts at 11:30 a.m.
Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

Speak Out and Lessons For Today on the 6th Anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Japanese Consulate
275 Battery St./California St.
http://bayarea.indymedia.org/newsitems/2017/02/21/18796684.php

8th Annual World Naked Bike Ride
11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Ferry Building
Meet up between the Farmers Market and the Starbucks along the pier railing
http://bayarea.indymedia.org/newsitems/2017/02/20/18796663.php

Sunday, March 12
Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour

http://sf.funcheap.com/mission-district-calle-24-latino-art-stroll-mural-tour-sf-5/

Saturday, March 18
2017 Brides of March

2:30 p.m. San Francisco (meeting location to be announced)
http://sf.funcheap.com/brides-march-wedding-dress-pub-crawl-union-square/

Other political events are listed at http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Political-events-in-the-Bay-Area-pro-Trump-10975499.php

Week 6 Field Trip to City Hall

On Feb. 28  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.

Please try to get there on time so you’ll get to see the whole meeting. The meeting will probably go till 5 p.m. or beyond. You don’t have to stay for the whole thing but please plan to spend at least three hours there.
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.

 

 

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.

Week 4 Library Resources and Public Records

This week we’ll meet  Nicole Allensworth, the librarian assigned to work with the Journalism Department.

Here is the webpage she has created for the Reporting class. It includes links to many of the agencies you’ll need to access for your public records assignment, due March 7. You can find more information about accessing public records in California from the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

After Nicole’s presentation we’ll have a news quiz.

Then we’ll go over the assessment test you took the first week of school.

We’ll also discuss your profile assignment. Start looking around for good profile subjects. Your story pitch for that assignment is due Feb. 21.

Read: “The Swan Who Feeds and Cares for Pigeons,” by Julio Marcial, who wrote the story for last semester’s Reporting class.

What makes a good profile subject?

  • A person who has had an interesting life, ideally one filled with a mix of conflict, adversity and achievement.
  • A person connected to a current news story (a refugee who is affected by the recent travel ban; a restaurateur opening a new restaurant; a newly elected or appointed official; an artist with a new exhibit, film, book, play, a longtime merchant or resident getting evicted, etc.)
  • A person other people will want to read about.

Your assignment this week is to find a worthy profile subject in your neighborhood and write a 200-word pitch that includes:

  • Name and position or title
  • Phone number and email address
  • What makes this person interesting?
  • Why write this profile now? If possible find a news peg, such as a recent award or accomplishment, a new position, a retirement, a store or restaurant closing or opening, a landmark birthday, etc.

 

 

Week 3 Neighborhood Websites/Hoodline

Feb. 7. Agenda for today:

  • News quiz
  • Business/Real estate story–any questions?
  • Sample story
  • Neighborhood websites
  • Entry exam review
  • Neighborhood profile assignments and common errors:

Need help with your writing? Visit the Learning Assistance Center! The center is in HSS 348. You can fill out a registration form and bring it in with you or fill one out when you go there.  Call  415 338-1993 if you have questions or need help.

At 5 p.m. we’ll meet Brittany Hopkins, associate San Francisco editor, Hoodline.

FOR NEXT WEEK:

Write Business story, due Feb. 14. Remember to start one-third of the way down the page and double space to leave room for comments. And don’t forget to include your source list at the end of the story. Assignments turned in without a source list lose 10 points!

Rewrite Neighborhood story (optional). When submitting rewrite for regrading, staple the new story on top of the gradesheet and original graded story. Submit one to two weeks after you receive the graded original. I will grade the rewrite and then average the two grades.

Start working on your website. Create a website in WordPress. Name it your name or something close (RacheleKanigelJournalist.wordpress.com or RacheleSueKanigelWriter.wordpress.com. Write an About Page. Post your Neighborhood story (with errors corrected).