What to do with your Alex Jones stories
For all of you who attended the Alex Jones talk yesterday, and are planning to file a story on it, here’s the drill:
- Shoot for 500-600 words.
- Lead with the what you thought was the most important point or insight from the talk; don’t lead with the fact that the talk was held. You can put that point down further in the story.
- Don’t overquote, but do try to use a couple of pithy quotes, at least.
- Following the suggestion of your classmate Caitlin Bueller, instead of emailing it to me, please post it to your blog. Then please email me that it’s been posted. I will read it as an editor would; please expect to get some editing suggestions. You can then go back into your blog post, and implement those edits.
- Remember some of the basics you’ve always learned about good writing: use short sentences instead of long; active verbs instead of passive. After you’ve written a first draft, read it out loud to yourself; if you confuse yourself, go back and pare it down. Much of good writing is in what you take out.
- Deadline for your stories: Tuesday, Oct. 13.
- Have fun writing!