Writing for MediaSession #2: Writing in the Media Environment        UCSD Extension Spring 2012
News culture• Accuracy• Efficiency• Processes• Deadlines• Ethics
Accuracy• Spell names correctly (follow up!)• Quote sources correctly (follow up!)• Check it out (follow up!)• Do the math...
Verification/Attribution• The mayor said...• According to the police report...• The grand jury’s report will be announced.....
Info, Not Opinion• Facts — verifiable info• Opinion — someone’s beliefs• Can include — source’s opinion• Cannot include — y...
Simplicity• Simple words (don’t get fancy!)• Simple sentences (easier for the reader)• Paragraphs (3 sentences or 100 words)
Clarity, Coherence,         Context• Simplicity• Logical — supports larger idea of story• Enough but not too much info
Audience• Who will be reading this?• What do they need to know?• Why do they need to read this?• What can they use from th...
Deadlines• Learn to write quickly (timed exercises)• Newspapers (for set print time)• Broadcast (for set air time)• Web (f...
Reporting• Gather info and write• How?• When?• Where?• Good info from good sources
Observation• See what happens (events, disasters, etc.)• What is significant?• Be in position to see what you need to see• ...
People• Most info comes from people (interviews)• Credible sources have reliable info• Quotes bring credibility to stories...
Interviewing• Step 1: What info is needed?• Step 2: Prepping for the conversation   • research   • compose appropriate que...
Questions• Closed-ended questions (Yes or no)• Open-ended questions• Hypothetical questions (What if?)• Agree/Disagree que...
Records• Stored information (court records, police  reports, accounting files, etc.)    • confirm it    • out of date    • l...
Skepticism• Confirm info with other sources• Is this information accurate?
Ethical behavior• Tell the truth• Dishonesty, plagiarism, falsification (#1 sin)• Using words of others w/o attribution• Mi...
Hardware/Software• Google — maps, news, images (source)• Digital camera/video (accompany stories)• Social — Twitter, Faceb...
Conclusion• Know traditions and practices of editors• Gather acceptable info• Convey info clearly and concisely• Builds tr...
Questions...
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Writing in the Media Environment: know how journalists work so they can help you gain exposure for you or your organization.

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    1. 1. Writing for MediaSession #2: Writing in the Media Environment UCSD Extension Spring 2012
    2. 2. News culture• Accuracy• Efficiency• Processes• Deadlines• Ethics
    3. 3. Accuracy• Spell names correctly (follow up!)• Quote sources correctly (follow up!)• Check it out (follow up!)• Do the math (follow up!)
    4. 4. Verification/Attribution• The mayor said...• According to the police report...• The grand jury’s report will be announced...• “Disneyland rocks,” said Mickey Mouse.• According to Pele, Brazil will win.• “Sony makes great TVs,” states JLo.
    5. 5. Info, Not Opinion• Facts — verifiable info• Opinion — someone’s beliefs• Can include — source’s opinion• Cannot include — your opinion (writer’s)
    6. 6. Simplicity• Simple words (don’t get fancy!)• Simple sentences (easier for the reader)• Paragraphs (3 sentences or 100 words)
    7. 7. Clarity, Coherence, Context• Simplicity• Logical — supports larger idea of story• Enough but not too much info
    8. 8. Audience• Who will be reading this?• What do they need to know?• Why do they need to read this?• What can they use from the story?
    9. 9. Deadlines• Learn to write quickly (timed exercises)• Newspapers (for set print time)• Broadcast (for set air time)• Web (for set posting time)
    10. 10. Reporting• Gather info and write• How?• When?• Where?• Good info from good sources
    11. 11. Observation• See what happens (events, disasters, etc.)• What is significant?• Be in position to see what you need to see• Generally, don’t participate in events
    12. 12. People• Most info comes from people (interviews)• Credible sources have reliable info• Quotes bring credibility to stories • quote personality, not data or stats
    13. 13. Interviewing• Step 1: What info is needed?• Step 2: Prepping for the conversation • research • compose appropriate questions• Be sensitive with sources who aren’t willing to give info
    14. 14. Questions• Closed-ended questions (Yes or no)• Open-ended questions• Hypothetical questions (What if?)• Agree/Disagree questions• Probes (follow ups)• Personal questions (middle or end)
    15. 15. Records• Stored information (court records, police reports, accounting files, etc.) • confirm it • out of date • lacks proper context
    16. 16. Skepticism• Confirm info with other sources• Is this information accurate?
    17. 17. Ethical behavior• Tell the truth• Dishonesty, plagiarism, falsification (#1 sin)• Using words of others w/o attribution• Misrepresentation — ID yourself• Lose all credibility
    18. 18. Hardware/Software• Google — maps, news, images (source)• Digital camera/video (accompany stories)• Social — Twitter, Facebook,YouTube
    19. 19. Conclusion• Know traditions and practices of editors• Gather acceptable info• Convey info clearly and concisely• Builds trust for you and your organization!
    20. 20. Questions...
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