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For my news event coverage, I plan on attending the next SGA meeting at Towson University to listen to what issues are currently happening throughout the school. I think this will be a great, newsworthy event to cover, especially seeing the many different things that have happened on and off campus recently. I predict that the SGA and their student guests may have quite a few things to say in regards to a recent fight that had broken out in the union, the new school budget for the next fiscal year and the appointment of new freshman senators into the SGA. After attending the meeting, I will obviously have to hone my story topics down, to understand what is truly newsworthy and what specific aspect should be covered.
What questions will you ask?
Photo taken from www.twitter.com
After reviewing a number of Twitter profiles and reading sample headlines of recent stories published in The Towerlight (www.thetowerlight.com), I was able to see many good examples of headlines and story briefs. Below are a few examples I found when perusing a few Twitter profiles.
- For one, this tweet interested me because I wrote this story for this issue and I found the RecycAll topic interesting when doing the research for the story.
- Two, I thought that this post gave a great insight to the story by covering most of the 5W's to prepare the reader for what they are about to dive into.
- The wording is also using an active voice, which makes for an exciting appeal to the story
- Also, as a future tip, I would say that it would've been best to start with something other than the "When" W, as the when side of the story is not as important as the what.
- I also think it gets a bit wordy when using words like "in order to." This would be great wording for maybe further down the story but for a lead into type sentance, I would have been a little more to-the-point.
- Very good post though, i enjoyed this piece.
"Sean Schaefer throws four interceptions to help Richmond come back after last year's dramatic last-minute loss to the Tigers," Towson student Carrie Wood wrote in reference to a recent story published in The Towerlight.
- I thought this was a great exampl of an active, concise headline. It is written i a way that draws the readers attention. It is organized in a way that puts out the most important information first. It is very clear at what the story will be about when reading.
- In this headline, she includes all of the major W's for this story without rambling on or making the headline too extensive.
- I especailly enjoyed how she tied in this event to previous occurances with the same teams. That certainly makes for a more interesting story.
- I thought this was another great exapmle of a story headline. It is very cler and to the point, addressing the main thoughts of the story.
- It does not neccessarily cover all of teh 5 W's like the "when," but overall it is a headline that will pull the reader in to the story.
- I mostly like the simplicity of the headline because I think it would generally attract more readers. It is much easier to understand than some others.
Under the agreement announced yesterday, the oil giant could face an additional annual penalty of $1 million if it does not stick to a cleanup schedule that could last several more years in Jacksonville.
- Article shows a byline, emphasising the fact that it was written by the person and that they should take full credit of their work.
- The article has a good length to show that it was not taken from a short press release or police report. This story is almost a full two webpages in length.
- There are many quotes throughout the story to illustrate that the reporter was able to seek others out and capture a number of voices to boost their story. This makes their story more credible as well.
- There are multiple chunks of facts about Exxon and the surrounding area the story is dealing with, to show prior research when writing the story.
Baltimore County police have obtained warrants for the arrest of two teens sought in the robbery of a High's store in the 8400 block of Oakleigh Road in Towson on Aug. 26.
The youths are identified as Mark Anthony Demory Jr., 18, of the 1700 block of Weston Ave., and Jamal Dewon Harper, 16, of the 1700 block of Willow Oak Ave.
Mark Demory Jr. is described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds. Harper is described as a black male, 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds. Both have been frequenting the Towson and Parkvilleareas of Baltimore County.
Detectives say that on Aug. 26 at 9:25 p.m., two suspects entered the store and forced the clerk to open the cash register. One of the two suspects was armed with a handgun. The suspects grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and ran out of the store.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP (1-866-756-2587). Those calling Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
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By: Daniel Gross
From what I can see, this article shows good signs that the story came almost straight from a police report, or press release.
For one, no one is being quoted in this story. This shows that interviews were not conducted to get different viewpoints, facts or ideas.
The story also simply states the basic information of what occured on this day. It chooses not to dig deeper to uncover any linkages or other things to make the story more appealing and newsworthy.
One last sign that shows this was mainly all from a press release or police report is that for a byline, it states, "a Baltimore Sun reporter." The story writer chooses not to include a personal byline because the story is merely a recreation of a police report.
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- A lead or lede in journalism is generally the beginning sentences to a news story. This is where the journalist attempts to write the most newsworthy portion of the story, usually including a number of the five W's (who, what, where, where and why.) The lead to a story is found at the very top of the story and is read before anything else.
- A short report can mean a number of specific things relating to a news story. Much of this is depending upon the source of media you are reading the news story from as well as the level of interest the story has. The short report is usually only a few sentences. It usually gives some interesting lines that will draw the reader in to let them know the basis of what has happened. It doesn't necessarily give a full outline of the story but it gives out something interesting to make the story appealing.
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- Where do you turn for news? Do you use different sources for different types of information? Why do you use the sources you do? Do you use multiple outlets of the same type (Web Sites, Magazines, TV networks)?
- If I am looking for some news information and am seeking to be educated about domestic or world events, I turn to both Fox News Live and CNN first on TV. I also make sure to go to MSNBC before finishing my time toward TV. I then go online and depending on the event, whether it be national, local or international, I look through Yahoo News, Fox News.com, The New York Times online (nytimes.com) and CNN.com because I enjoy the layout of their Web Site.
- I mostly use these same news sources for all news events whether it be crime, health, life or business. However, I mostly turn to Fox News Live for political news.
- I use the sources I do because I think for the most part they are fair and equally representing of many issues. I choose the most credible and trusted sources so I can have accurate information and I look for the highest rated news networks or sources because those are usually the ones that keep a level of interest during their broadcasts or stories.
- When an important story occurs such as a terrorist attack, a major storm comes through a major city, etc. I generally keep my eyes on some sort of news source every ten minutes. I will check and hope for updates about every ten minutes on a particular high interest story.
- If I am watching TV, the updates will come fairly quick, sometimes small updates at a time, and when on the Internet, stories also appear relatively quick and usually will say something like "news alert," so the audience knows they are updating a story.
- This does depend on the media that is available to me. Sometimes I may be in a vehicle and hear about a story from a friend or relative. In that case, all I can do is listen to the radio.
- I do and have used blogs a number of times for a number of different things. At this point, I mainly only use blogs for opinion articles or to learn about someone else if they have similar interests. I generally do not go to blogs for news because I feel it is not as credible as the trained and paid professionals that do news reporting day in and day out.
- I have created and also very frequently contribute to blogs as well. I find it is a great networking tool and means of establishing or recognizing yourself in your career field. My blog in which I created (danielgross.blogspot.com), mainly deals with my thoughts, my work, or news stories that I have had published in a credible news source. At this point, my blog still doesn't really have a main focus on a particular topic.
- My level of interest on a story greatly relates to the time and commitment I will spend on that story to research, watch, read etc. If I do not have a strong interest, I may read one article online and then move on to something else, instead of going through each form of media for that story.
- Also, if it does not interest me very much, and I am confused about some of the content it says, I will many times not bother with finding out what I do not understand.
- Well many times in broadcast news, the networks will have something called a "24-hour news hole." This can many times result in a repetition of facts or footage and that is where I see it as getting too much news.
- It usually takes me to midway through the point where a network has begun repeating the facts they stated earlier. Now if they continue to give out new detail and other facts about the story, I generally keep watching or reading, because I think you can never know too much about a certain story or topic.
- The recording of a loss of college-age readers is merely to do with college students or people or that age, being so attached to convenience and technology that they are instead logging onto their computers for news and information. Newspapers are certainly relevant to those in that age group because the same information found in newspapers are found online. The difference is that it is faster, easier and free to find news on the Internet, therefore explaining the loss of readership.
- I am honestly not sure what it would take for newspapers to gain readership in that particular age group. The only thing I feel that would might work would be to somehow have exclusive news only found in print media and have the print media to be sure to include many graphics and photos to meet the advanced and technology feeling standard.
- In today's industry it is hard to determine what is actually news, because every company in every type of media has done something to make sure there is a 24-hour around the clock fill of news stories so that the public always has something new to read about. The trouble is that not all of these stories are breaking or even very newsworthy.
- Actual news that is newsworthy, however can be determined by looking at the top headlines of front page of the news source. Media companies will generally keep the actual news to the front headlines of the media source while filing all of the other holes and gap with fluff or human interest stories.
- I certainly think that it is a good thing that people are able to choose which viewpoints and opinions that would prefer to listen to but to answer this question I have to go back to the root problem of having varying networks and sources in the first place. Because the different netowrks are so varyied, I would expect people to turn to specific outlets as opposed to switching one out for the other. If we had un-biased, completely objective, news networks without their own opinions then I would not expect nor want people to turn to one network over the other because the news would be the same.
- There is great deal of loss when we no longer have a shared national netowrk because many times facts are now skewed and we end up hearing more opinions than we ever needed to hear come out of the mouths of the reporters.
- The only small gain from something like this is the fact that people that have different views can go to their safe haven of a netowrk. People have different viewpoints. So now, they have the option when looking at news to go with the netowrk that shares the same viewpoint as they do.