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ADVISORY: OCASIO-CORTEZ TO HOST
EARTH DAY COMMUNITY EVENT IN ASTORIA PARK
(Astoria, NY) – This Saturday, April 24, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will host an Earth Day celebration in Astoria Park for families in the community. The event will include socially distanced games, arts and crafts, and activities with a focus on the Green New Deal and the environment. Participating community organizations include Sunrise Movement, New York Communities for Change, Food & Water Watch, Sane Energy, NYPIRG, DSA, and Queens Climate Project. Attendees are required to wear a mask.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez will be joined by State Senator Jessica Ramos, State Senator Mike Gianaris, and Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani for remarks about the NRG Energy, Inc proposal for the Astoria power plant. The Congresswoman opposes NRG’s effort to replace their 50-year old turbine at the Astoria ‘peaker’ plant with a generator that burns fossil fuels extracted by fracking.
WHAT: Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez hosts community event in Astoria Park on Earth Day, will be joined by Assemblymember Mamdani, State Senator Ramos, and State Senator Gianaris
WHEN: Saturday, April 24
Event: 12 – 3pm
Remarks: 1 – 2pm
WHERE: Astoria Park
Near entrance at 24th Avenue and 19th Street, closer to Shore Blvd RSVP by replying to this email or contacting email@example.com.
All press who attend must comply with current New York COVID-19
mitigation measures, including wearing masks during interviews and recording of B-roll.
MEDIA ADVISORY FOR Friday, April 23, 2021
FRIDAY: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Hosts Town Hall on Green New Deal
The Bronx, NY (April 23, 2021) – Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) will host her monthly town hall for NY-14 constituents on Friday, April 23, at 5:30PM ET. At the virtual event, she will discuss the Green New Deal, which she reintroduced alongside other climate legislation this week. She will also discuss how to get up to $9,000 reimbursed through the FEMA funeral assistance program if you lost a loved one to COVID-19. Additionally, the Congresswoman will take questions from the audience.
There will be a press gaggle at the conclusion of the event, at approximately 6:30 PM ET. You must sign up here to receive log-in information.
WHO: Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14)
WHAT: 14th Congressional District Virtual Town Hall
WHEN: 5:30 PM EST, Friday, April 23, 2021
WHERE: This is a virtual event. You must sign up here to receive log-in information.
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Time: Use lowercase a.m. and p.m., with periods. Always use figures, with a space between the time and the a.m. or p.m.: “By 6:30 a.m. she was long gone.”
Always use numerals: April 23, 2020. Do not use th, nd, rd, st.
From Reuters Titles:
Journalism means more than taking handouts or reporting what’s said in news releases. Good journalism rests on a set of principles. Solid stories require accurate information and balance in reporting it.
Think about answering a story’s basic questions:
Then examine how the story happened.
How do we connect the dots to tell a good story with a beginning, middle and end?
The inverted pyramid.
Traditionally journalists use the model of the inverted pyramid construct a story.
But increasingly, news organizations encourage reporters to use better storytelling techniques, using characters and interesting details to get the reader, viewer or listener interested. Television stories often start with small details, or personal stories and we see that more and more in print, digital and radio.
Only report what you know was said, and by whom. This means attributing statements to specific people:
- The mayor says…
- The district attorney says…
- The neighbor says…
- According to the Associated Press…
- According to The New York Times…
- According to the website….
Wikipedia and many other websites aren’t always reliable sources. If a site quotes another source, it’s important to go to the primary source to make sure that you have accurate information.
Just because somebody says something doesn’t mean it’s true. Even high-ranking public officials may be misinformed, or may have an agenda that obscures the truth. Even when you’re under deadline pressure, try to confirm everything that you’re told with additional sources. It’s a good idea to have at least two sources. Remember: truth is an absolute defense against libel.
Elements of a Good Story
Ancient Greek writers developed a basic storytelling formula and they understood the importance of characters:
You’ll find victims, villains and heroes at the center of every good drama. Audiences recognize the victim’s pain, hiss at the villain, and cheer for the hero. Most of what we cover will not be as dramatic as a classic Greek tale, and news coverage demands that we balance two sides of a story. Until the jury returns a guilty verdict, it’s unfair to characterize the accused as a villain. But if the actions of the accused are villainous, you report the facts and the audience, like the jury decides.
In daily news reporting, we don’t always have the luxury of a developing a story around a character. We do have to report the facts. But where we can, we want to highlight characters.
Often they reveal themselves in what they say, how they act, and through the expressions on their faces.
Readers, viewers and listeners want to engage with the real drama in real people’s lives. We feel their pain, their anger, their frustration and their triumph. We cheer them, get angry, or feel their pain. We’re indignant or inspired.
Characters drive stories and make them memorable.
Whether you begin with just the facts, an engaging character or an interesting detail, you need to let your reader, viewer or listener in on the point of the story pretty quickly.
Journalism uses the nut graf , or paragraph, to explain the heart of the story. The nut graf should come pretty close to the top of the report. It helps to tie everything together. It helps you keep the focus and continue to the ideas in your story.
Once you explain the point of the story, you can move on flesh it out with facts and details.
Active Writing Exercise
This is not a quiz. You will not be graded. Do your best
- This paragraph is from the Daily News. Use the active voice to make it better. You can break it up into more than one or two sentences.
The Empire State is one step closer to approving adult use marijuana after Gov. Cuomo released an amended version of his pot proposal Tuesday that would reduce criminal penalties for illegal sales, outlines how some of the tax revenue would be spent and allows for the delivery of cannabis products.
- This is from Vice. Use the active voice to make it better.
At least 2.3 million women have been forced from the workforce during the pandemic, many due to closed schools and a lack of child care.
So after one Ohio mother was arrested on charges of child endangerment for allegedly leaving her young kids in a motel room while she tried to go to her job at Little Caesars, sympathetic people rallied to support her.
- This is from me. Take out the clunky words and phrases and use the active voice to explain the problem.
Currently my boss won’t give me the extra money he promised and I really need the money and the job due to COVID and due to the fact that there are so few jobs available.
- From the New York Post. Use the active voice and rewrite the story.
Ryan Leaf is calling for the NFL to do more for retired players in the wake of Vincent Jackson’s death.
Jackson, 38, was found dead in a Florida hotel room by a housekeeper on Monday morning. There were no apparent signs of trauma, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Police are investigating and a cause of death has yet to be determined by the county medical examiner.
- This is from the New York Times. Use the active voice to rewrite it.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Admitting a degree of fault for the first time, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Monday that his administration’s lack of transparency about the scope of coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes in New York was a mistake.
A pitch describes the story you want to tell. You need to write a short paragraph that gets attention and explains what you plan to do. So avoid writing, “I want to do a story about outdoor dining in New York City,” because that’s not a story. It’s a general idea. You want to look for an angle.
Your outdoor dining pitch might read like this:
Outdoor dining changed the look of many New York streets and saved over 10,000 restaurants, but what happens when it gets colder and winter sets in? I’ll visit a neighborhood with a number of outdoor restaurants and talk to two owners about their plans. I’ll also talk to customers to find out whether they will feel comfortable eating outside in frigid weather.
Outdoor dining changed the look of many New York streets and saved a lot of restaurants, but what happens when the pandemic ends? Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group agreed to talk us. He is a spokesman for the industry and can give us insight into what may happen. He said we can talk to his customers, if they want to talk to us.
I’ll also talk to the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs to find out what the city plans to do and I’ll talk to Nevah Assang, New York and Company’s senior V.P. for community relations, about how the tourism industry sees the future.
I’ll take photos of restaurants in a variety of neighborhoods and talk to customers.
Due: Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m.
Read, watch and listen to the news.
Check the AP app. It will help you with the weekly news quiz.
Write a 300-word essay to answer the following questions:
Who am I?
Where am I from?
Where am I going?
Include a selfie or photo to illustrate your About Me.
Deadline: Tuesday, February 9 at 5 p.m.
Find out and write down the names of your city council member, assembly member, state senator, mayor, county executive, U.S. senators, U.S. representative, the police commissioner.
Find out the number of New York City council members and U.S. representatives to Congress. How many representatives does New York State have? New York City?
Bring the information to class.