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Reporting Primer


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Reporting Primer

  2. 2. DATA STORIES • Check your CMAT club participation!
  3. 3. LEDES • Be clear • Be concise • Get people interested • Introduce the news values
  4. 4. NUT GRAFS • Mainly necessary if you use a feature lede • If you use a summary lede, make sure you explain the “why should I care” up high in the story • Tell me what this story is about • Tell me why I should care • What is the impact? • Numbers often equal impact • The storm damage cost residents $40,000. • Use specific information • Marry the rest of the story to the nut graf for better organization
  5. 5. NUT GRAFS
  6. 6. BASIC WRITING HINTS • Don’t begin sentences with days/dates • Use one or the other! • Maintain balance – represent both sides in the lede/nut graf & beyond • Inverted pyramid – most to least important • Numbers = impact • Conflict? Oddity? • Work in your news values up high! • Remove the words “however” and “very” from your writing • Story organization: statement-evidence-quote
  7. 7. STORY FORMAT Board member Jill Thomas introduced the proposal to ban weapons on college Statement: campuses. Thomas argued weapons have no place on campus. She pointed to recent Evidence:shootings as patterns of violence increasing at universities causing students to feel unsafe. “We need to do better for our students,” Thomas said. “We need to make sure they Quote:feel they can learn in a safe, secure environment.”
  8. 8. STORY FORMAT Some staff members feel diversity on campus has improved, but there is still much Statement: work to be done. Physics Professor Mary Smith is the only Evidence:African American in her department. Smith said she would like to see more professors of color in the hard sciences. “Students need a diversity of viewpoints, even in concrete areas like science,” Thomas said. Quote:“Because of my cultural background, I bring a different perspective to the table.”
  9. 9. IN CLOSING… • DO NOT end with a “moral of the story” • DO NOT end with your opinion on the subject • DO NOT end with an essay conclusion • DO end with a quote that summarizes the main points of the story • DO end with where people can go to find more information
  10. 10. IN-CLASS EDITING WORKSHOP • Get at least two people to look over your paper • I want to see: • Lede • Nut graf • Lede quote • Get rubrics filled out from each partner
  11. 11. ANNOUNCEMENTS • Grades will be up-to-date after tomorrow afternoon • Data story and last participation quarter • Check your club participation, and let me know if I missed anyone • Final presentations Wednesday, 4 p.m., TE 219 – • No PowerPoints • Bring snacks to share, if you want • Quick presentations, then class wrap-up discussion