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Journalism E-100 Proseminar in Journalism: Writing and Reporting. Instructor: Angelia Herrin July 10, 2007. How to Organize a Late Plea. I apologize and offer these excuses:
Instructor: Angelia Herrin
July 10, 2007
I apologize and offer these excuses:
1) Another of our reporters quit this week and none of the new ones have arrived, so I actually had to cover news. It's not so bad yet, but I am in real danger of having to go to a school board meeting tomorrow. The school board, for all love!2) My professor wrote to say she saved my profile, expecting it would be one of the good ones. Most people would crack under that kind of pressure. I can’t write the next story3) I have been considering seriously buying a boat to live on, and friends and family have demanded a lot of time to talk me out of it.It might be easier if you could post the excuses people gave for being late, so we can avoid doubling up. Does anybody still do the dog thing, or is that now unavailable with the end of paper assignments they can eat?
Rewrite of Fourth of July
Sunday, July 13
Monday noon, July 14
Tuesday 4 p.m. July 15
1)A political or cultural issue and the person involved OR a working journalist
2)A topic isn’t enough. What’s the issue?
2)Be sure you tell me:
Why should I read this story?
What question do you want to answer?
3)Who will you talk to?
4)How will you research the issue?
Cambridge Police Sergeant (Sgt.)Roy House said the suspect defrauded employers out of $150,000. (that’s right no dollars)
The United States Department of Agriculture (first reference) (U.S. Department of Agriculture) employs 7,000 meat inspectors near Detroit, Michigan (no Mich.) and Beatrice, Nebraska.(Neb.)
The USDA (second reference) (correct and no comma) operates at training center at College Station, Texas (add comma and don’t abbreviate) where veterinarians attended classes.
The defendant (correct) was convicted for possessing three (3)ounces of cocaine.
The story was about a woman with Alzheimers (Alzheimer’s disease) Disease.
“You’ve got a duty to die and get out of the way,” said Lamm. (Associated Press)
“Aged Are Told to Drop Dead. Colo. Gov Says It’s Their Duty.” (New York Daily News)
O.J. Simpson claimed he was happy.
The prosecutor claimed the witness was lying.
Smith pointed out that religion is a crutch.
Smith suggested that freedom of religion is not really protected by the First Amendment
Being a reporter is great because you can ask people questions not one in their right mind would ask a complete stranger
Writing your questions
What happened then? What did you do? What do you mean?
Why did he do that? Why do you think…
How could that happen?
Give me an example of how that happened!
Beginning the interview
Be aware of state laws: rcfp.org/taping
Be aware of the Federal Wiretap law
Asking the hard question
Last year there were 457 crimes reported on the Harvard Cambridge campus, according to Harvard University Police. There was a decrease primarily due to a 24 percent drop in property crimes, with 170 burglaries and 197 break ins..
Despite the overall decline in crime, other statistics provided by Harvard police show a significant increase in violent crimes from 2005 to 2006. Reported incidents of robbery, forcible sex offenses and aggravated assault rose from 18 incidents in 2005 to 27 in 2006.
More fathers are going solo in raising kids.
It’s a change that single fathers say show greater acceptance that sometimes the best place is with Dad.
The 2000 census found:
Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Americans aged 15 to 24 on average spend two hours a day watching TV and only seven minutes on leisure reading, reducing their chances for high-paying jobs and community service, according to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sixty-one percent of those holding managerial or professional jobs were proficient readers, said the report, citing a 2003 U.S. Education Department survey. Some 70 percent of the people rated as poor readers felt their lack of skills had limited their job opportunities.
Harry Potter, James Patterson and Oprah Winfrey’s book club aside, Americans — particularly young Americans — appear to be reading less for fun, and as that happens, their reading test scores are declining. At the same time, performance in other academic disciplines like math and science is dipping for students whose access to books is limited, and employers are rating workers deficient in basic writing skills.
That is the message of a new report being released today by the National Endowment for the Arts, based on an analysis of data from about two dozen studies from the federal Education and Labor Departments and the Census Bureau as well as other academic, foundation and business surveys. After its 2004 report, “Reading at Risk,” which found that fewer than half of Americans over 18 read novels, short stories, plays or poetry, the endowment sought to collect more comprehensive data to build a picture of the role of all reading, including nonfiction. (NY Times)
Write a story using the caffeine buzz press release and the caffeine content chart. Interview local folks about their caffeine use and their knowledge of just how much caffeine they may be eating and drinking!