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Writing Crime Stories              Jennifer Cox  http://cmat240summer.wordpress.com
objectives• Quiz reminder! On MyClasses from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.• Learn the structure of crime writing• Go over assignment• L...
Crime story prompt• Open practice prompt from the website• Read through it carefully• Keep it handy as we discuss
Most important/interesting info first    A Delmar man was arrested early Tuesday morningafter deputies said he was trying ...
Law enforcement• Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office – deputies• Salisbury Police Department – police• Maryland Highway Patro...
Details next    Jerome Vincent Burgess, 20, was charged with burglaryof a business, possession of burglary tools and crimi...
Chronological order    Deputies responding to a call of loud noises after a manreported spotting Burgess attempting to bre...
Chronological order    Deputies said Burgess admitted to attempting to get intothe business to steal money, according to t...
Law enforcement termsBurglary, larceny, robbery, theft• Burglary – entering a building (not necessarily breaking  in) and ...
Least important/last info at the           bottom   Burgess was transported to Wicomico County Jail. Hisbond was set at $1...
homework• Write in inverted pyramid• Omit unnecessary information• AP style, grammar, spelling errors = -2• Fact errors = ...
Peer editing• Grammar errors  • Commas, punctuation, capitalization• AP style errors  • Addresses, ages, city without stat...
homework• Remember, crime story due at 5 p.m. Friday• Don’t forget to take your AP style quiz by 9 p.m. tonight• Your curr...
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Lecture 3: Crime stories

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Lecture 3: Crime stories

  1. 1. Writing Crime Stories Jennifer Cox http://cmat240summer.wordpress.com
  2. 2. objectives• Quiz reminder! On MyClasses from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.• Learn the structure of crime writing• Go over assignment• Learn to work together to improve your writing
  3. 3. Crime story prompt• Open practice prompt from the website• Read through it carefully• Keep it handy as we discuss
  4. 4. Most important/interesting info first A Delmar man was arrested early Tuesday morningafter deputies said he was trying to break in to a local barusing a sledgehammer.• 24 words • No state name needed• Delayed identification • Eye-catching info• No conviction • Attribution
  5. 5. Law enforcement• Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office – deputies• Salisbury Police Department – police• Maryland Highway Patrol – troopers• All - officers
  6. 6. Details next Jerome Vincent Burgess, 20, was charged with burglaryof a business, possession of burglary tools and criminalmischief.• List of charges• Carefully check the name• Commas – non-essential clause & commas in a series• One-sentence graf
  7. 7. Chronological order Deputies responding to a call of loud noises after a manreported spotting Burgess attempting to break into Brewer’sPub shortly after 3 a.m., according to a Wicomico CountySheriff’s Office report. He was seen using a sledgehammerto pound on plywood siding near the door of thebusiness, located at 5820 NW 34th St. • Attribution (once per graf) • AP style for address • Omission of unnecessary • Still no conviction items (times) • Last name only on • Distribution of details subsequent references
  8. 8. Chronological order Deputies said Burgess admitted to attempting to get intothe business to steal money, according to the report. Burgesshad been inside the bar at about midnight and saw businesswas good. After talking with a former employee who told him moneywas kept inside the club overnight, Burgess felt it would be agood time to break in, according to the report. • Don’t begin sentence with attribution if you can help it • “A” report; then “the” report • Concise, chronological • Unimportant details omitted
  9. 9. Law enforcement termsBurglary, larceny, robbery, theft• Burglary – entering a building (not necessarily breaking in) and remaining unlawfully with the intention of committing a crime• Larceny – the legal term for the wrongful taking of property • non-legal = stealing or theft• Robbery – involves the use of violence or threat in committing larceny• Theft – larceny that did not involve a threat, violence or plundering• Use the terms listed in the charges
  10. 10. Least important/last info at the bottom Burgess was transported to Wicomico County Jail. Hisbond was set at $12,000.• Two simple sentences• Past tense
  11. 11. homework• Write in inverted pyramid• Omit unnecessary information• AP style, grammar, spelling errors = -2• Fact errors = -10 (check your proper nouns)
  12. 12. Peer editing• Grammar errors • Commas, punctuation, capitalization• AP style errors • Addresses, ages, city without state• Summary lede• Inverted pyramid• Delayed identification• Last name only on second reference
  13. 13. homework• Remember, crime story due at 5 p.m. Friday• Don’t forget to take your AP style quiz by 9 p.m. tonight• Your current events/readings quiz will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow• Read Chapter 18 (Speeches, News Conferences & Meetings)• Thursday: Covering meetings

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