Thursday, September 29, 2016



For these weeks, we will:
  • Review and discuss our first writing assignments.
  • Review some qualities and characteristics of good writing
  • Discuss the "feature writing" format including "special leads"
  • Discuss and review interviewing "best practices"
  • Continue work on  your second reporting assignment for which the draft is due on Sept. 29.
    • Final version due on Oct. 4
  • Read the following chapters:
    • 2: Selecting and Reporting the News
    • 7: Basic News Leads
    • 8: Alternative Leads
    • 9: The Body of a News Story
    • 10: Quotations and Attributions
    • 11: Interviewing
    • 17: Feature Writing

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    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Special Ledes

    Special Lede Examples








    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    What Makes A Good Interview?

    What Makes a Good Interview?

    Well-known anchor and reporter Katie Couric has decades of interviewing experience via her various gigs on broadcast and web outlets. The video below has her take on how to conduct a good interview.

    Good Interviewing Tips

    As you prepare for your first interview, it might be helpful to have some tips and resources from the pros. Take a look at the following articles for hints and tips on what makes a good interview:

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    Writing Support Services

    WSU NPSE is now offering one on one, face to face writing support to all students.  Whatever written assignment you have—a report, a literary essay, a personal statement or research project—we invite you to meet with our writing tutor. You don’t have to bring a complete draft, the writing tutor is here to help and support you as you work to build a solid foundation for your paper.

    To schedule an appointment, please call the front desk at 425-405-1600 or stop by the University Center Front Desk in person. Writing Tutoring Hours are below, and will start the week of August 29th 2016 and conclude at the end of finals week. Appointments are scheduled in 30 minute intervals and should be made 24 hours in advance.

    Writing Tutor Hours:

    • Mondays: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Feature Writing

    Feature Writing from Brett Atwood



    Wednesday, September 14, 2016



    This week, we will:
    • Review and discuss "traditional" journalism standards vs. blogging
    • Learn about the use of social media as a syndication and discovery tool for our reporting
    • Review some qualities and characteristics of good writing
    • Complete your first reporting assignment- due Tues., Sept. 13
    • Begin work on your second reporting assignment - first draft due due Sept. 29
    • Once your story is published on your blog, make sure to also post a link on your media feed on Facebook. 
    • Read the following chapters:
      • 2: Selecting and Reporting the News
      • 7: Basic News Leads
      • 9: The Body of a News Story
      • 10: Quotations and Attributions
      • 11: Interviewing
      • 17: Feature Writing

    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    What is Newsworthy?: A Review of Traditional Journalism Considerations

    This is an introductory slideshow on the basic ingredients to consider in "traditional"-style reporting. It focuses on news judgment and the criteria used by reporters in determining what is newsworthy.

    Qualities of Good Writing

    Qualities of Good Writing (Journalism) 

    Here are some links related to today's lecture:

    How to Create a Facebook Fan Page

    You can nurture a strong community of followers and fans via social networking platforms, such as Facebook.

    Creating a Facebook Fan page
    1. Your designated social media editor should log in to Facebook and then visit this link to set up your fan page.

    2. You'll want to classify your page by Category. Although the choice is yours, you might look at the options under Brand, Product, or Organizations. There are several choices that might be appropriate for your project there.

    3. You will also get a chance to "name" your page. Make sure it matches your branded Web property!

    4. When ready, check the confirmation box and digitally "sign" the form and select "Create Page."

    5. Now you can customize your page. You might want to populate the page with your custom logo, profile information and even any of the many Facebook Apps.

  • Key Image Specifications for Facebook Timeline: 

  • Profile Photo: 180 x 180 

  • Cover Photo: 851 x 315 

  • 6. Once your page is ready, you can choose to take it public. 

    7. Use the Facebook Fan site to send alerts and updates about additions to your site. You might also promote it to friends and interested, related communities via Facebook and other social network sites.

    Saturday, September 10, 2016

    Written Story Assignment

    Your new website needs content!

    Over the coming months, we will be collaborating on several storytelling formats including audio, photos and videos. No matter what media format you use, it is important to communicate clearly with strong writing skills.

    The first round of content for your site should be a traditional written reporting piece in a "traditional news" style. What should you write about? You decide the topic -- but choose wisely! Make sure that the topic aligns with the theme or "beat" of the semester blog project.

    Minimum requirements: 500 words

    Sources: For our reporting assignments, there are rules and guidelines on who you can/should interview. For this assignment, you are required to interview at least two human sources. Citing other publications is not considered a source. Also, please avoid anonymous sources and do not use friends, roommates or family for your interview subjects.

    For your story, please remember the following:
    • Pay close attention to the opening of your piece. What type of lede will draw the reader further into the story? For a more traditional "news"-style piece, make sure to communicate the key newsworthy details in the first sentence or two to establish relevancy.
    • Add context and perspective to your story by interviewing at least two original human sources. How will you weave the best quotes into your story?
    • DUE: Thursday, Sept. 8 (Printed copy for peer editing)
    • FINAL VERSION: Tuesday, Sept. 13 (Posted on team blog)

    Criteria to be used in the grading will include the following:
    • Was the story relevant to the team blog topic?
    • Did the story include two separate interviewed sources?
    • Did the interview subjects add a credible, informed perspective to the story?
    • Was the source selection appropriate given the topic selected?
    • Was the writing quality and grammar acceptable?
    • Is there news value to the story topic selected?
    • Was the writing clear and concise and plagiarism-free?
    • Was there a summary news lead?
    • Was there a logical order to the information presented?

    Sunday, September 4, 2016



    This week, we will:
    • Continue to review and discuss "traditional" journalism standards vs. blogging
    • Conduct a peer editing workshop on our first writing assignment
    • Finish your first reporting assignment - please bring printed copies for peer review editing on Thursday, Sept. 8. The final edited version should be posted on your new team blog no later than Tuesday, Sept. 13.
    • Set up a companion Facebook page for your blog
    • Read the following chapters:
      • 2: Selecting and Reporting the News
      • 10: Quotations and Attributions
      • 11: Interviewing
      • 17: Feature Writing