David’s mention of his interview this Friday is a good alert: you should all be getting in touch with your reporters by Monday at the latest to start finding a time in early December for your interview.
Deadline reminder: your final blog post is due the week of Dec 14-20. You don’t *have* to wait til that week to write about the interview, but you *can* wait until then.
You will need to post a total of eight blog entries, including both your reporter interview and your report this week on the Baron-Ainsley Globe session Thursday.
To prepare for that interview, please read chapters 8 and 9 in Stovall — Reporters and Reporting for class on Tuesday, Nov. 24. In particular, pps. 157-162 on Interviewing. Even more in particular, note the Interviewing Tips box on p. 161.
So I just took the Orange Line home after class. At my stop, Green Street station, I see a WBZ-TV live truck. Whenever I see a live truck I always poke my head in and ask what story they’re doing. The woman answers the story is about high theft of iPhones — at Stonybrook Station (a stop that tends to have a lot of crime to deal with). I said, “You know you’re not at Stonybrook, right?” She answers, “Yeah, I just go where they tell me.”
So before assuming that WBZ-TV doesn’t know their Green Street from their Stonybrook, I decided to DVR the news tonight, to see what angle they are taking on the iPhone theft at Stonybrook story. I’m puzzled, but I will be interested to see.
UPDATE: OK, just saw the story. The live shot, and all of the MBTA B-roll was shot at Green Street station, but there was no mention of specific stations; only a general story about the theft of mobile phones on the T, period. Not iPhones at Stonybrook. Why do you think they shot it at Green Street? My guess is a prosaic one: because the live truck can easily part at the curb at Green Street, but would block traffic more at Stonybrook. I have no idea if that’s the reason, but that mundane fact would be my guess.
…please send me the link to your blog in that email. Please do not make me have to email you back and ask you the URL. Please just send it when you notify me.
Every blog should have a tagline/subhead, if at all possible, as we discussed in class Thursday.
To add a tagline/subhead: Dashboard page > Settings > General.
Taglines don’t show up on some of the themes, oddly. But if nothing else, take out the generic WordPress one. Then let me know that you tried and it didn’t show up.
Since many of you, rightly, are quoting from the stories written by the reporters you’re covering, you should know about the Blockquote function in WordPress. See the little set of quote marks in the row of icons above the box where you write your blog posts?
Define the words, then click that icon. It will look like this (or something similar in the theme you’re using:
Fourscore and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…
Click the blockquote icon again to return to your words, as in this sentence here.
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.