Tuesday, September 30, 2008
1. Convey important information
2. Add interesting, colorful details
3. End with remaining facts
The story I chose to use as an example for the Inverted Pyramid comes from The Baltimore Sun. The story itself is very upsetting but is a good example for this structure. The article is named "Suspect in girls' deaths had criminal record." There are only three paragraphs in the article, which does help for me to explain why I chose this article as an example. The first paragraph gives the most important details: who the suspect is, which is what the article is all about. The second paragraph is about the case and the final one is about her charges. However, due to the topic of this article, the first paragraph is the most important because it explains who this woman is. The photograph attached with this post is the woman, Renee Bowman.
This is the link for the article: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-deaths0930,0,5431304.story
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The second Twitter I checked out was lmarti10. Their headlines were also written correctly in active voice as the first one I read and each fully explained the story concisely. Their summaries also followed the 5 W’s and H guidelines. An example: who – Sean Schaefer, what – had many turnovers, when – last weekend, where – Towson University, why – because he had an off game, how – same thing as why basically.
The last Twitter I looked at was jceccorulli. All of her headlines were in active voice and gave me a concise explanation of the story, as the past two did. Her summaries answered the 5 W’s and H so I was able to further understand the story. An example for her : who – university system, what – many professors will be laid off, where – Towson University, when – in the near future, why – potential budget cut, how – answered in why as well.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Journalists and PR practitioners may not agree on many things but when it comes to news releases, they can be the best of friends. Which is a good thing considering I am double tracking in Journalism and PR. However, that's not the point. Luckily The Baltimore Sun is so easy for me to read online because The NY Times online confuses me, it's just too crowded. But right on the first page online of The Baltimore Sun I found the perfect news article that I believe and know was generated by a press release: "Target gives city $300,000." And there's even a picture from the event!
The picture is of Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon announcing the donation. The picture was the first detail to give away the fact that this was a press release but also reading the article helped me to conclude this thought. Sun staff writer Justin Fenton even quoted, "At an event outside City Hall Tuesday, Mayor Sheila Dixon and police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III said the money would enable the department to purchase portable command posts and enhance a cell-phone tracking system designed to solve violent crimes, particularly robberies."
I'm not exactly sure if I fully understand original reporting correctly or not but I believe that it's a news story shown through someones view point that actually experienced it. For example, people that were at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007 took amateur videos of events that occurred throughout the day and sent it into news teams. This would be an example of original reporting. I chose to attach a video from You Tube to further describe original reporting.
This video is an amateur video that someone recorded and sent in to news teams of Hurricane Ike passing through the Caribbean.
"Raw Video: Hurricane Ike Slams Into Caribbean" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXpcIpilEPA
Monday, September 15, 2008
A summary lede is a sentence that typically contains the follow things: a subject followed by a verb and an OBJECT. It basically sums up what the following article is going to be about in one well thought out sentence. I decided to find my information from baltimoresun.com because I'm from around here. An example of a summary lead that is currently posted on the website is:
"2 city sheriff's deputies shot in West Baltimore"
Just by reading that statement I already know what I'm reading about. The "2 city sheriff's" are the subjects. "Shot" is the verb and "West Baltimore" is the object.
A man was taken away in handcuffs after the reports of the shooting.
Short reports can be presented in a few different ways but no matter how they are presented, they all are basically the same. Short reports may be a result of limited time, space or information. These are the different types of short reports:
- Bulletin-runs only one or two sentences in a broadcast or online news to get the information to the public quickly
- E-mail Alerts- some news operations send news-bulletins by e-mail for those more likely to have access to their e-mail than a television.
- Crawlers- shortest reports that pass for a story that you can find sliding across the bottom of the screen during a news report (like Fox 45)
- Newspaper Briefs- summaries of interesting stories but don't cover the full report
An example of a short report in "The Baltimore Sun" online would be "Harford man, 21, killed in two-car accident." The article only contains 97 words but still gives a lot of information even though it may not be full coverage. This article would fall under the category of a newspaper brief.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Three years ago a children's playground was built at the site of the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street. Now that playground is gone. It burned down Tuesday afternoon as students were walking home from school. However, people are already vowing to re-build it. This story is newsworthy for many different reasons. The paramount measure of newsworthiness is impact. This story will clearly impact many peoples lives because now the children cannot play on the playground. The playground was a key part of the area's redevelopment and this can also affect people's feelings on the area. This story is also newsworthy because it falls under the news value of timeliness. This accurance happened Tuesday afternoon and was already online Tuesday evening clearly showing that this story is very important. Not only that but it would fall under the category of human interest. This is something that everyone - no matter their age, will read about. It's unfortunate to hear about sad things like this.
"1 Dead, 5 hurt in shooting in East Baltimore"
Why is every news story seem to be so upsetting?! Why can't there every be good news?? Tuesday night police reported that six men were wounded with one fatal after what seemed to be a drive-by shooting. This story is also very newsworthy for a few reasons. One: impact. This impacts many peoples lives, not only the lives of the families of the victims but people who live in this neighborhood. If someone got shot in your neighborhood would you feel safe? NO. This would also fall under currency or something that has ties to other stories in the news. Hearing about something like this occurring, especially in Baltimore, is definetely not out of the ordinary. Quite frankly I think it happens too often. Why can't people just realize that violence is not the answer? This story also deals with conflict with people battling people. Drive-by shootings are not the answer... it's called therapy.
"Details announced for Oct. 4 Phelps homecoming"
This article probably wasn't on the front page but I just watched a story on it on the 11 o'clock news so then it must be newsworthy! Michael Phelps is finally returning home from Beijing where he won his 8 gold metals. On October 4th starting at 3pm there will be a parade for Phelps on York Road in Towson!! This story is very newsworthy and probably the most newsworthy for me! It would fall under impact, prominence, unusualness, proximity, and human interest. The reasons for impact is quite clear: it could impact anyones life whether it's just being excited to see Michael Phelps or being annoyed that traffic will be super slow that day. It deals with prominence because all of this attention is being devoted to Phelps. But come on, he deserves it. I think it would fall under unusualness because it's not everyday that Phelps will be parading around Towson, even though I wish he would!! I do I even need to explain human interest? Obviously everyone is interested in the Olympic legend. He's the best representation for the United States that I could think of when it comes to athletics.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I hope to get out of this class a better knowledge for the field of Journalism and New Media. I am excited to learn different styles of writing/techniques and to learn what it's like to interview people. This class seems very interesting and I'm excited for the semester!!