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Specialty Stories. What ’ s Your Specialty?. Publications now have specialty areas and specialized beats. Let’s look at them!. Science/Health Writing. Publications can look at current science and health issues

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specialty stories

Specialty Stories

What’s Your Specialty?

Publications now have specialty areas and specialized beats. Let’s look at them!

science health writing
Science/Health Writing
  • Publications can look at current science and health issues
  • This might include physical or mental health issues relevant to teens (p. 59). What are other health issues relevant to you?
  • Must be treated with utmost care, as people get information from news
science health writing1
Science/Health Writing
  • Make sure you know what you are writing about!
science health writing2
Science/Health Writing
  • Understand the topic before you interview your source
  • Interview a professional (of course)
  • In an interview, keep double-checking to see that you understand the topic
  • Give a face to the issue—give life to the story!
  • Use analogies, anecdotes, examples, and metaphors
academic writing
Academic Writing
  • It’s about what is going on in the classroom
  • What could coverage include? (p. 62)
  • Often related to a recent event
  • Again, give a face to the issue!
death coverage
Death Coverage
  • We have to remain objective—unless this is an editorial, or opinion section about the deceased
  • Include accurate full name, facts, age, cause of death, biographical details, survivors, date, time, place of funeral, and memorials
  • Can include anecdotes, quotes surrounding life
advance stories
Advance Stories
  • Give notice of an upcoming event, like a meeting, sporting event, assembly, dance, etc.
  • These could be a feature or a news story
follow up story
Follow-Up Story
  • Reports on an event after it takes place
  • Choose an angle, but this is related to how much time has passed since the event
civic or public journalism
Civic or Public Journalism
  • Media doesn’t only cover the community; it is a part of it
  • We have a stake in the well-being of the community around us
  • Civic journalists believe they must do more than report on a problem; they must stir public conversation and problem-solving
  • Work to frame issues in ways that promote understanding and compromise
  • What are issues you could cover?
activity time
Activity Time!
  • Get into a group and start brainstorming ideas of what to cover in one of the areas of specialty we discussed today.
    • What is the topic?
    • What is the angle you might take?
    • How could you cover it accurately and informatively?
    • Could you cover it in a civic manner; that is, encourage problem-solving (if it is a problem)?