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Magazine article presentations

Here’s the assignment: Read your article – some assigned and some wild card (your pick) – and then tell the class about it.

Please answer the following questions in your presentation to the class:

  1.  Name of article
  2. Name of magazine where it first appeared
  3. Name of author
  4.  Background of author. Is he/she a freelancer, staff writer or contributor?
  5. What expertise does the author have to write the article? Was the author a good or a bad pick to do this story? Why?
  6. What is the article about? Briefly summarize the story.
  7. What is the article’s news peg, if any? A news peg is often a tie to current events, trends, news, or a specific date.
  8. Is the article credible? Does it have depth? How many sources are quoted? Are they primary sources – people with direct knowledge of the topic?
  9. Does the article cite any public documents, reports or records? If so, which ones?
  10. How would you rate the article? Boring? Interesting? Disturbing? Thought-provoking? Give the class your opinion on the article.

During class on the day of your presentation, you are required to turn in a typed sheet that summarizes your answers to the questions above.

This assignment is worth 10 points. Your oral presentation is worth 5 points; your written summary is worth the rest of the points.

The schedule:
Oct. 8
Rebecca – Trial by Fire
Johanna – p 57
Kevin – p 183
Kristen – Sixty Hours of Terror

Oct. 17
Joe – Vanish
Chelsea – Wild card
Crystal – The Last Abortion Doctor

Oct. 22
Brittany – p 343
Sam – p 119
Lois – p 31
Abby – p 195

Oct. 29
Chase W – p 171
Chase C – Wild card
Kiersten – p 91
Elizabeth – p 3

Nov. 5
Shane – p 467
Katie – p 215
Pauline – p 493
Brianna – p 235

Nov. 14
Isabella – Wild card
Zach – p 315
Maria – p 369


COM 307: First writing assignment

Your first assignment is to write a profile of a classmate. The assignment is due on one week.

Key elements of a profile include:

  • An interesting lead. You need to hook the reader right away. Try to capture the reader’s attention and then keep it.
  • Lively quotes. The reader needs to know you were there. You interviewed your subject. This isn’t some second-hand story taken from a press release or a web site. Continue reading