Assignments (until the end of the semester)
- News/Style Quizzes – 5 marks – CP Style, Current events – Two down–left Oct. 26 (today); Nov. 9; Nov. 23
- Newsroom #1 – 10 marks – Newsroom exercise (300-400 words) – Due 4 pm October 19
- Newsroom #2 – 10 marks – Newsroom exercise (300-400 words) – Due 3:30 pm November 2
- Newsroom #3 – 10 marks – Individual layout (300-400 words, laid out) – Due November 23
- Montmartre feature story (first draft 500 – 700 words) – 10 marks – Due November 2
- Montmartre feature story (final draft 500-700 words) – 15 marks – Due November 16
- Montmartre web magazines (one online magazine per team) – 10 marks – Due November 23 (Mark)
- Montmartre print magazines (one magazine per team) – 20 marks – Due December 7 (Mark)
- Class attendance and participation – 10 marks
1. Review News Day #1 stories.
2. Quiz #3 – Active/passive; singular/plural; numbers and possessives
3. Storytelling – Andrew Stanton, Film Director
4. Feature Writing
- “What are Feature Stories?” website by Tony Rogers
- Review Feature Writing by Jeanne Acton, University of Texas (Austin)
- Structure of a Feature Story by Piriti Juppi
- Story Structure by Cynthia McCune
- Feature Story Structure Tipsheet by Doug Cosper
- Discuss “Pearls Before Breakfast”
As we work on feature stories, you should set yourself the goal of reading and analyzing a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature story as often as you can. Click here to go to the site Pulitzer Prize (Feature Writing) or copy this url into your browser. Ask yourself these questions: Why did you chose the stories you did? What kind of lead did it use and how did it grab your attention? How did the “Graph Nut” summarize the story? How are these stories different from news stories?
THE WEEKS AHEAD…
Week 8: Monday, November 2
Due: Montmartre story – First draft (10 points)
NEWSROOM #2 (Class/Lab) – Simulated newsroom exercise (10 points). Story submitted for copy editing by 3:30 pm.
Reading for next week:
- Producing Online News: Digital Skills, Stronger Stories by Ryan M. Thornburg. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Producing-Online-News-Digital-Stronger/dp/1604269960
WEEK 9: Monday, November 9
Setting up Montmartre teams. Accuracy in reporting. Your responsibility to get the story right.
Video: The Newspaper.
- Review all of the materials on the “Reporting in Indigenous Communities” website at www.riic.ca
- Read Truth and Reconciliation Commission report
Lab: Introduction to layout and InDesign.
WEEK 10: Monday, November 16
Due: Montmartre story – Final (15 points)
REPORTING IN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES – Lecture and discussion on the TRC and RIIC site
Lab: Break into teams, create blogs then upload Montmartre stories and photos. Web Layout due November 30.
WEEK 11: Monday, November 23
NEWSROOM #3 (Class/Lab) – Simulated newsroom exercise (10 points) – Story submitted for copy editing by 2:30 pm. Layout your story using InDesign
WEEK 12: Monday, November 30
All Day Lab – Begin to lay out Montmartre magazine
WEEK 13: Monday, December 7
REVIEW/WRAP – Discussion
Lab: Complete Montmartre magazine layout. Proofread, Print, Party.