Active Writing

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Copyright 2018, Barbara Nevins Taylor ACTIVE WRITING Active writing allows you to say what you mean in a clear concise way with colorful verbs that paint a picture. In 1946, the writer George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984,  complained about politicians and others who use fuzzy language to hide the truth. "Political language …

Reporting Basics

  Reporting  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: who what when where why   HOW Then examine how the story happened. How do we …

How to Write a Pitch

How to Write a Pitch 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 write about the Churro Lady,” because that’s not a story.  It’s a general idea. You want to look …

Ethics in Journalism

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What is ethics? Merriam Webster Definition of ethic 1 ethics plural in form but singular or plural in construction: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation 2 a: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values Every good news organization has a handbook with a written policy or …

How News Organization Get News

https://www.cnn.com/videos/cnnmoney/2018/08/17/trump-attack-on-journalist-baquet-intv-axe-files-vpx.cnn News organizations gather information with teams of reporters and editors. But they also use outside sources including wire services, or news agencies, to provide information. These news agencies have their own teams of reporters, videographers, editors and producers who cover breaking news, politics, business, sports, entertainment, culture and more. They have investigative teams that …

Opinion vs. News

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What's the difference between an opinion piece and a news story?  An opinion piece gives you information from the point of view of the writer, or presenter. It may include facts, and reporting, but it differs from a news story in that it lays out an individual's ideas and often their biases.  Opinion is, essentially, …