Your first news story is due BEFORE class time this Thursday, Feb. 14.
The story should be a MINIMUM of 500 words and adhere to the following checklist:
- Your story should be fresh/unique and have a strong headline, a newsworthy lead and a local focus. Story should reflect timeliness, impact or prominence. Story should include relevant links.
- At least half the story consists of direct and paraphrased quotes from three or more authoritative, credible, expert (best available) interview sources.
- Story should use an appropriate structure and be accurate, focused, orderly, precise, thorough (no unanswered Qs), and flow well.
- Story should use proper spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- Story should effectively and sensitively reflect perspectives of all stakeholders, including any diverse populations who may be affected
To review in class:
Review of WSJ leads
In class exercise: Write your working headline and lead for your story due Thursday (this can and probably should change – but you should have enough information by now to work on a draft version).