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Writing for Mass Media. Spring 2009. Today’s agenda—Jan. 22. To review the communication model To practice work with the AP Stylebook Grammar moment—there, they’re, their To take Quiz #1 To discuss Outside Assignment #1 To discuss Changing Concepts of News. News.

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today s agenda jan 22
Today’s agenda—Jan. 22
  • To review the communication model
  • To practice work with the AP Stylebook
  • Grammar moment—there, they’re, their
  • To take Quiz #1
  • To discuss Outside Assignment #1
  • To discuss Changing Concepts of News
slide3
News
  • http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2009/01/_in_a_move_that.html?hpid=topnews
  • http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/162512-Media_Praise_Obama_FOIA_Fixes.php?rssid=20065
communication model review
Communication model review

Sender Receiver

Noise

Noise

Noise

Feedback

Channel

Message

Frame of reference

Frame of reference

Feedback

Noise

Noise

Noise

ap stylebook
AP Stylebook
  • In alphabetical order
  • Read the complete listing
  • Examples:
    • People or persons
    • 123 Stone Drive or 123 Stone Dr.
    • Jan. 22 or January 22
grammar moment
Grammar moment
  • There—denotes place; here or there
    • Example: Place the book over there.
  • They’re—Contraction for they are. Apostrophes denote possession or take the place of missing letters. In this case, the missing letter is an a.
    • Example: They’re moving next week.
  • Their—a personal pronoun that denotes possession.
    • Example: It was their turn to host the meeting.
quiz 1
Quiz #1
  • You may use your stylebook.
  • Circle the correct answer.
  • Turn it in when you are done.
  • Review the handout on Outside Assignment #1.
outside assignment 1
Outside Assignment #1
  • Due next week Tuesday
  • Answer the questions for each story
  • Only use coverage of the inauguration
concepts of news have changed
Concepts of News Have Changed
  • Multimedia field
    • www.tbo.com
    • http://www2.ljworld.com/
  • Convergence—web first mentality
  • Survival of all media is likely
  • Citizen journalism and blogs
    • Is this journalism?
impact on journalism
Impact on Journalism
  • Continual deadline from constant news cycle
  • Interactive content
  • Related links—research and reporting intensified
  • Nonlinear structure—links throughout the story; may not read from beginning to end
  • Databases for increased searching
  • Personalized
  • Specialized beats
  • Public journalism creates biased reporting
job skills
Job skills
  • News specialists rather than broadcast, newspaper, magazines
  • Understanding of multimedia
  • Still the need for sound writing skills; according to industry experts, this is the most needed skill and the most lacking
tuesday s agenda
Tuesday’s agenda
  • To discuss Outside Assignment #1
  • To finish discussing Changing Concepts of News
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