Mco 3321 1.30.09

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A current presentation from my News Editing course at Texas Wesleyan University. This particular day focused on What is News?

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Mco 3321 1.30.09

  1. 1. News Editing Spring 2009
  2. 2. Today’s agenda—Jan. 30 <ul><li>Due to inclement weather on Wednesday our agenda will include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussing What Is News? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Holding an in-class Budget Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing for Quiz #1, scheduled for Monday </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What Is News? <ul><li>If you had to judge what entails news based on what you see in local newspapers, what would it be? </li></ul><ul><li>Take a look at the newspaper you chose and come up with a couple of answers to the question </li></ul>
  4. 4. Qualities of News Stories <ul><li>Timeliness or immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>Proximity or closeness </li></ul><ul><li>Unusualness </li></ul><ul><li>Celebrity or prominence of person </li></ul><ul><li>Human interest—special problems </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict with government, with people </li></ul><ul><li>Impact—more the better </li></ul><ul><li>Helpfulness—how to and consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Entertainment—features </li></ul><ul><li>Issues in the community </li></ul><ul><li>Trends—patterns or shifts </li></ul>
  5. 5. Two types of news <ul><li>1. Hard news </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Timely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflicts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just happened </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer these questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What happened </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why it happened </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How readers are affected </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: Crimes, fires, meetings, speeches , court testimony </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Two types of news <ul><li>2. Soft news </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entertains </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Informs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasizes human interest and novelty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: profiles, features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Places </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Things </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be based on news </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Four step process of a news story <ul><li>Conceive the idea—can come from editor or reporter </li></ul><ul><li>Collect data—this is the reporting stage (reporter) </li></ul><ul><li>Construct—planning and writing stage (reporter) </li></ul><ul><li>Correct—read it and make any changes; editing stage (predominantly editor) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Mock budget meeting <ul><li>http://www.iowastatedaily.com/our_newspaper/apply/ </li></ul><ul><li>Here are the roles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Editor in chief </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sports editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opinion page editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Features editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics editor </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You are planning next week’s paper. How would you do that? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Where do ideas come from? <ul><li>Editor generated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Press/news releases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanning previous papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanning competitors papers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commemorative days and holidays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_commemorative_days </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_commemorative_months </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Where do ideas come from? <ul><li>Reporter generated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://headlinespot.com/for/journalists/#beat </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://mindymcadams.com/tojou/2008/reporting-beats-re-examined/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.contentious.com/2009/01/15/cloud-journalism-and-the-fate-of-beats/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Generally from readers or viewers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Axe to grind” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Samples for Quiz #1 <ul><li>Every reporter (was, were) asked to give (his or her, their) assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>The students (has, have) lost (his or her, their) books. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person should take care of (his or her, their) business. </li></ul><ul><li>Each of the partygoers (was, were) asked to bring (his or her, their) favorite wine. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrique is the (older, oldest) of the two students. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Monday’s agenda <ul><li>Quiz #1—10 questions </li></ul><ul><li>Review of Chapter 3 from your book, The Editing Process </li></ul>

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