Covering Speeches

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Covering Speeches

  1. 1. Covering speeches:a mainstay of community journalism<br />Tommy Thomason and Andrew Chavez<br />
  2. 2. The role of the journalist at a speech <br />abstracting<br />
  3. 3. What we do…<br /><ul><li>Up-front preparation
  4. 4. Noting details of the meeting
  5. 5. Post-speech speaker interview
  6. 6. Reaction of the crowd
  7. 7. Figuring out how we will present the information, in what media</li></li></ul><li>What are our options?*<br />Besides just printing a newspaper story…<br />
  8. 8. And what if the story will be almost a week old by the time the paper comes out?<br />
  9. 9. Writing the speech story<br />The typical speech story:<br /> <br />The lead: who said what<br />2ndgraf: follow up the lead/id the speaker/background as needed<br />3rdgraf: direct quote<br />Then:Organize by topics in descending order of importance; use direct/indirect approach<br /> <br />
  10. 10. How to screw up <br />a speech story<br /> <br /><ul><li>Use the words addressed, or spoke to, or spoke on, or spoke about in the lead
  11. 11. Back into the lead: In an address to the Jonestown Rotary Club Thursday…
  12. 12. Tell your readers what the speaker thinks or feels or believes instead of what he/she said
  13. 13. Try to add liveliness to your story by characterizing what the speaker said or how strongly he or she felt it, instead of telling me what he said: Jones stressed the potential problems for societies that choose not to value the lives of the unborn. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Attribution plus statement
  14. 14. Statement plus attribution
  15. 15. Speaker plus audience plus statement</li></ul>Three<br />types<br />of speech leads<br />

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