Moving beyond the recap– and adding a quick homework assignment!
Another topic we will discuss in class tomorrow: how more of you can move beyond simply either recapping the event covered by the reporter, or relating the details of the story itself.
Both of things are fine as part of a bigger picture. Just as you will have to do each time you write a story for any newspaper, website, TV or radio outfit, you will need to ask yourself: what’s the story I’m telling? You are covering the topic by covering the reporter covering the topic; that gives you lots of entries to covering the topic that you would not otherwise have.
So first, you must link to the story/stories you are writing about, so the interested reader can read the original. Then, you decide your approach, and we went over a little of this in an earlier blog post. Take a look at your fellow JR101er blogs if you don’t know what I mean. In fact, I’m going to add a last-minute homework assignment: look at one other JR11 blog and be ready to tell us what approach you think the writer took, how you think they decided to approach the story.
See you tomorrow, meantime have a good Veterans’ Day.