Class Notes 4/23/2018
- The final (on 5/7/18) will consist of a broadcast story and a press release.
- Last current events quiz is next week, it will be worth double, and the second grade will replace your worst quiz grade over the semester.
- There will be no homework in the next two weeks but Professor Piacente welcomes practice stories/press releases for review before the final.
- Broadcast stories should start with present tense!
- Prioritizing is the priority! Emphasize the most important thing in the lead. For example, nothing is more important than the dead kid in the Andrew Jamison story.
- Maintain present tense throughout the story by starting some sentences or paragraphs with things like Officials say, Police say, Authorities say…
- Quotes are not an option; people’s statements should be paraphrased.
- All words need to be completely spelled out. Abbreviations are not allowed (it wouldn’t be Md. but Maryland instead).
- Throwaway/feature leads catch the viewers’ attention but they don’t say much about the story. News leads are more straightforward.
- Only use feature leads when appropriate, sometimes a joke is not the best option. You wouldn’t joke about Andrew Jamison or about the abandoned grandma. In these stories, the best appeal might be emotional.
Posted by: Claudette Soler