Is all the news fit to print? Reporting an eventPosted: December 17, 2013
The NY Times prints this motto on its front page: “all the news that is fit to print.”
CNN includes its motto on its Webpage: “make everybody’s business your business…with breaking news”
Do we really see all that is fit to print? Do we really have access to breaking news?
Who decides which articles are written, published, or read by the public?
In the past four years, social media and Internet access has changed the way we get the news. We can now chose and have access to more of the real world than we have ever had before in history. One example is what happened in the Arab nations during the spring of 2011, commonly known as Arab Spring. Without the presence of eyewitnesses cell phone cameras, the news that would or might have been reported from Cairo Egypt and other countries could have been quite different.
However, mass media still has a big say in what people around the world listen to or read about as news. Watch this video from TED.com of Alisha Miller, Director of National Public Radio, and Public Radio International.
What do you think about the news? Do you read newspapers, watch TV, listen to the radio, or follow social media reports? Is news access controlled? What do you think? Perhaps this video, a news report about…the news will alter your opinion. Please add a comment with your opinion about the news.
What does it take to write the news? Learn about the elements and characteristics of journalistic writing in the anthology. Read and practice the information and exercises on pages 99-99A. Learn more media vocabulary on page 99B.
The next step is to learn about writing headlines. Page 100 and 101 give some practice in headline writing. Join Teacher Peggy in her video series on Electronic village about writing headlines 1 and 2, and about the inverted pyramid. Look at Peggy’s other videos for more tips on writing about the news.
Remember to use the three paragraph structure explained on pages 100A and 101 in your anthology.
Write the news story for the murder which happened at the Maloney house in the story “Lamb to the Slaughter”. It is a hypothetical article for the blue note police register, in the Justice section of your local newspaper. Remember to include what you can of the What, Who, When, Where and How in the first sentence. Use prepositional phrases and adjective clauses to be able to write concisely and consolidate the information in the first sentence. Use the appropriate grammar structures with the passive voice, the narrative verb tenses, and reported speech. You might add some eyewitness citing at the end of the article for authenticity.
This news report is due on Friday. Please bring a printed version of it to class. Those of you who live out of town please write it in a comment on this blog so everyone can share.