~~~FIRST UP: WHAT JOURNALIST DID YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW AND WHY?
~~~DISCUSS THE READING
What is newsworthy VS what is information?
A GOOD STORY FOR THE RIGHT AUDIENCE
What makes a story interesting, newsworthy (or valuable)?
It depends on the audience. What might be a good story for a 5 oclock newscast, is not good for a small community weekly or campus paper.
THE PRIMARY ASPECTS THAT MAKE A STORY “GOOD”…
Apply same concepts to these stories… Are these Newsworthy, and for who?
One Person Goes Skydiving = Is that a story?
One Person Goes Skydiving on his birthday = ?
One Person Goes Skydiving, Parachute fails to open = ?
…But he lands safely on a large bouncy house = ?
One Person Goes Skydiving on his 100th birthday = ?
One Person Goes Skydiving with his dog = ?
One Person Stays home while friends go skydiving = ?
One Person Stays home while friends go skydiving, friends plane crashes =?
One Person + One Spouse + 5 children?
One Person + One Spouse + 10 children?
One Person + One Spouse + 47 children?
One Person + One Spouse + 5 children, all become circus performers?
One Person + One Spouse + 5 children – 5 children?
One Person visits a museum?
One Person opens a museum?
One Person builds a museum?
One Person lights fire to a museum?
One Person jumps over a museum?
One Person secretly living in a museum?
When is a storm worthy of reporting? When is it not?
“YOU ARE COMPETING FOR THEIR ATTENTION, SO STORIES NEED TO BE CLEAR, FOCUSED AND TO THE POINT.” – Mary Nesbitt (Readership Institute)
“THE JOB OF A JOURNALIST IS TO TAKE WHAT’S IMPORTANT AND MAKE IT INTERESTING.” – Reuven Frank (NBC NEWS)
What ways do organizations study how and what readers read?
Mostly asking them (surveys)
DISCUSS JENNY DEADLINE
JOURNALISM IS TWO THINGS: EDUCATING AND VERIFYING.
THE NEWSROOM / WHO’s WHO?
What does a reporter do? (gathers and writes the news)
What’s a “desk” editor do? (oversees a department)
What’s a managing editor? (day to day oversight of stories)
What’s the editor in chief? (final say in story selection and news philosophy)
What’s the publisher? (focuses on financial, and profit goals)
YOU HAVE TO KNOW THESE TERMS:
CUTLINE / CAPTION
LIFTOUT QUOTE / PULL QUOTE
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WERE THERE ANY BEATS THAT INTERESTED YOU SPECIFICALLY?
ADVICE WHEN STARTING A BEAT:
~Talk to your predecessor
~Find out what your editor expects / their vision
~Get out in the field and meet people
~Be organized and make lists (events, story ideas, sources)
You can tell what a community cares about by their local news.
Together, come up with a story idea — A NEWSWORTHY STORY related to Marist.
Be able to explain why it’s NEWSWORTHY using the ideas we discussed.
DUE NEXT TUESDAY:
WRITE UP AND SUBMIT IN ILEARN Who you chose to follow and why.
READ CHAPTER 4 (REPORTING)