Last Quiz

  May 14, 2020 Introduction to Journalism Short quiz The subject does the action.   Rewrite the following sentences.   Currently hospitals are turning away non-Covid19 patients   Dozens of people were left stranded by the fire in a subway car.   Being that Anna liked cold weather her favorite month was January.   Due …

Courtesy Titles

courtesy titles  from the Associated Press In general, do not use courtesy titles except in direct quotations. When it is necessary to distinguish between two people who use the same last name, as in married couples or brothers and sisters, use the first and last name.    

Stories We Like

Empty Supermarket Shelves, NYC

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/05/nyregion/coronavirus-flowers-bodies.html     https://thecity.nyc/2020/04/amazon-warehouse-packers-in-staten-island-jam-onto-mta-buses.html?utm_campaign=mailchimp&utm_source=daily&utm_medium=newsletter https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/25/nyregion/nyc-coronavirus-crisis.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/02/nyregion/coronavirus-nyc-fear.html https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/09/nyregion/coronavirus-leaf-blowers.html The New York Times Quarantine Diaries  “The first week, I was kind of enthusiastic about it — we’re going to be a family and be a unit! But now we’re sort of trapped.” Within this three-bedroom South Bronx apartment, a raucous soundtrack plays: children’s squabbles and TV shows …

Clunky Words And Phrases To Avoid

Words across a page

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Finding Data

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  https://www.statista.com/page/covid-19-coronavirus   Johns Hopkins University https://communityprofiles.planning.nyc.gov/ New York State Covid-19 Tracker Covid-19 Modeling University of Washington https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/data/tools.pagehttps://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/data/tools.page 911 Response Time Nassau County Health Data Suffolk County Health Data Questionnaires https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/ HPD Violation look up Construction accident look up https://marketingplatform.google.com/about/data-studio/      

Active Writing

New York City Hall and a news conference in front of the steps.

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 …

Discrimination Against Asian Americans

Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the “Chinese virus,” many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next.   y Sabrina Tavernise and Richard A. Oppel Jr. Published March 23, 2020Updated March 24, 2020 Leer en español阅读简体中文版閱讀繁體中文版 WASHINGTON — Yuanyuan Zhu was …

How News And Entertainment Outlets Work Remotely

New York (CNN Business) Many of America's most popular and influential television hosts are now broadcasting live from bedrooms and basements. Some TV newscasts, magazines and websites are being produced completely remotely, with arrangements that were unthinkable a few weeks ago. And more at-home studios are popping up every day — yet another consequence of …

From the Washington Post:

Young adults partying on the beach despite the coronavirus.

HealthAdd to list Younger adults are large percentage of coronavirus hospitalizations in United States, according to new CDC data  White House officials warn millennials they are not immune. ‘If I get corona, I get corona’: Some spring breakers aren’t worried about the coronavirus pandemicDespite CDC warnings to practice social distancing, some spring breakers didn’t let …

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 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

Photographers waiting in the rotunda of the Russell Building in the United States Capitol, Washington, DC. Photo by ConsumerMojo.com

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, …

Journalism Style Guide

Most news organizations have style and ethics handbooks. They expect reporters, editors and producers to follow the guidelines they lay out. When it comes to writing, this means that reporters use the same abbreviations, punctuation and approach to writing. Here's an example from the Reuters Handbook: adjectives Use sparingly. Inject color into copy with strong …

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 We Write

When you sit down to write make, sure that each sentence reflects what you mean. Use active verbs and write clear concise sentences that convey your ideas. Active Voice The subject comes first in an active sentence. Example An anonymous senior White House advisor wrote an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times and called …