Week 1 – News Story

Final Project Proposal: Local News Media Package

For this week’s assignment, you will complete a proposal for the Final Project which requires you to create a Local News Package around an issue that is current, controversial and of national or international importance. You must also review the Final Project for detailed requirements about the Local News Package.

In considering a topic, you should spend the week engaging in national news coverage to include print media, television, radio, and digital media. It is important that you choose a variety of media and that you consider the impact and element of human interest to your local audience. The issue that you choose for the Final Project may not be the same or linked to other issues or topics you will write about in other weeks of the course.

The proposal must:

  • Present a current, controversial issue of national or international importance
  • Include a summary for the reason the issue is deemed as news for the local area
  • Identify local media outlets for the presentation of the news stories to include:
    • One mainstream print news publication
    • One alternative news publication
    • One television station and specific program
    • One talk (news) radio station and specific program
    • One digital news media publication
  • Adhere to the Local News Media Package Proposal Template

Saving Your Work: To maintain the formatting of your work, you are strongly encouraged to save your assignment as a PDF file. View Saving a Word Document as a PDF for steps on how to do this.

Check it! Your print news stories must be submitted through Grammarly and Turnitin prior to submission.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Week 2 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses.

 

Print Media Lives On

Prepare: In Writing for the Mass Media, Stovall (2014) states, “While some may question whether or not newspapers and magazines have a future, there is little doubt that they have a present.” Since the turn of the century, we have heard relentless chatter about the death of print media. The reality, however, is that print media has survived. Of course, it is not the bustling industry of times past and there is a constant struggle to reinvent itself to keep up with consumser desires for “on-demand” news and information. Neverthless, it is still a form of news that future journalists must embrace. In reality, every piece of news, no matter how it is delivered begins with words on paper. Read Chapter 6 in Writing for the Mass Media related to the types of news stories that can be found in print media. 
Reflect: Once you have read the chapter, think about what print media can provide that no other form of media can. Are there particular aspects of print media that simply cannot be duplicated elsewhere? What specific elements of print media have the ability to draw an audience? 
Write: Now that you have considered the attractiveness of print media, write a 250- to 300-word response that discusses the elements that you feel it possess that other forms of media do not. In your initial post, you must include at least one in-text citation from the reading material and an additional in-text citation from a scholarly source that you locate in the Ashford University Library or from another credible source. At the end of your post, include your name and a full reference for all sources cited in the body of your post. All citations and references must adhere to APA style guidelines as outlined in the 
Ashford Writing Center
Check it! Your post must be submitted through Grammarly and Turnitin prior to submission. 
Respond to Peers: After you have written your initial post, read the posts of your peers and respond to at least two others about their thoughts on the print media industry. Your responses should address them by name, be between 100 and 150 words in length, and you must include your name at the end of each response. 

Week 1 – Editing Exercise

Copyediting

Read Chapter 1 and 2 in The Complete Editor. Then, complete Exercise 1.9. Rewrite the story in a Word document.

For this assignment you must:

  • Format sentences, expressions, and words according to AP style
  • Use correct grammar
  • Use correct spelling
  • Use correct punctation

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Week 2 – Editing Exercise

Accuracy, Clarity, Brevity

Read Chapter 3 and 4 in The Complete Editor. The complete Exercise 4.10. Rewrite the story in a Word document.

For this assignment you must:

  • Format sentences, expressions, and words according to AP style
  • Use correct grammar
  • Use correct spelling
  • Use correct punctation

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

Week 2 – News Story

Hot off the Press

Print news media is something that has been debated over time and time again in regards to its survival. However, it still has a lot of power, especially for those who are looking for local news. For this week, you will write a print story for two different types of print publications in your local area. The first story will be 350 words and it will be tailored for your mainstream city or state newspaper. The second print news story will be 350 words and tailored for an alternative print publication in or near your local area.

Topic and Sources of Information: The issue that you choose to write about must be current and have some relevance for your local community, city, and/or state. You must derive the information for this story from broadcast media only. You will need to watch several broadcast new programs for mention of the story and take notes of the facts of the story from several national television or radio broadcasts.

For this assignment you must:

  • Adhere to the Mainstream Print Publication and the Alternative Print Publication templates.
  • Adhere to AP style
  • Create an engaging headline
  • Write the story according to the Inverted Pyramid
  • Summarize facts and/or statistics that are relevant to the story
  • Develop the story for the local audience
  • Compare two opposing opinions about the topic
  • Provide proper attribution for all sources of information included (facts, statistics, images/video, and opinions).
  • Incorporate one visual element to enhance each print story
  • A list of each of the sources must be included using the Media News Source Template.

Saving Your Work: To maintain the formatting of your work, you are strongly encouraged to save your assignment as a PDF file. View Saving a Word Document as a PDF for steps on how to do this.

Check it! Your print news stories must be submitted through Grammarly and Turnitin prior to submission.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignmenCarefully review the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate this Discussion Thread.

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