Tag Archives: stories

News gathering: Man (and Woman) vs. Machine

Columbia Journalism School this month released a report called “Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present” (download PDF here).

One passage discussed computer-driven news gathering. The report stated:

Self-evident as it is, journalists can be much more efficient than machines at obtaining and disseminating certain types of information. Access and “exclusivity” or “ownership” of a story is created through interviewing people. Making phone calls to the White House or the school board, showing up at meetings and being receptive to feedback, sharing views and expressing doubt all make news more of the “drama” that James Carey identified as central to the concept of a newspaper. These very personal and human activities mark journalism as a form of information performance rather than simply a dissemination of facts. Continue reading

COM 307: How-to articles

Your third writing assignment is to write a how-to story. The assignment is due Nov. 2. Elements of a how-to story, guidelines and tips are below.
You may write your how-to story about any topic you wish, well, almost any topic. Please do not write stories telling people how to do things that are illegal. There is already plenty of that on the Web.
So please do not promote anything that is illegal or offensive. Try to think of a how-to story that will help – and even entertain – your readers.
Be original. Come up with a story that is creative and unusual. That will help your piece stand out from the tens of thousands of how-to stories that are already on the Web. Continue reading