Your second assignment is to write a news story that includes at least three sources. Two sources should be people you talk to in person or by phone or email. The third source should be a document. Examples include:
- Press releases
- Court records
- Police reports
- City hall records
- Government documents
- Research organization reports
- Academic studies
- Environmental reports
- Please type your story, print it out and give me a copy of it by the start of class on Tuesday Feb. 15.
- Do not post your story to your blog yet. Wait until I grade it and give it back to you.
- You are not allowed to interview friends, relatives or family members.
- Your story subject should be of interest to Florida readers.
- Your story should contain news that is timely and relevant.
- You may conduct interviews in person or by phone or by email.
- You must shoot or obtain a photograph to illustrate your story.
- Make sure your interview subjects know that your story will appear online for the world to see.
- Your story must include your interview subjects’ first and last name, job title or occupation, age and town of residence.
Tips on how to approach the story:
- If you aren’t following the news now, get up to speed and immerse yourself in what’s going on in Florida.
- When writing the story, put the newest and freshest material at the top of the story.
- Give readers enough background to understand what you are writing about, but try to break new ground.
The assignment is worth 10 points. Be aware of these point deductions:
- 1 point off if you don’t cite at least three sources (two human sources and one document or record)
- 1 point off if you misspell someone’s name
- 1 points off if you have five or more AP style errors