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Week 4 Monday


  1. If you haven’t received a grade for blog post 1&2, check comments and resubmit.
  2. Remember to review Quiz 1 answers.
  3. Module Three: Journalistic Web Story (Week 4-6)
    1. This Wednesday: Guest speaker.
    2. This Friday: Studio Coe tour @ the Coe Library.
    3. Next Wednesday: Class Field Trip to Laramie Boomerang.
    4. Week 6: Meeting with the instructor to discuss your web story blog post (Draft DUE during the meeting; Final blog DUE on Fri. Mar. 13 @ 11:59 p.m.)
  4. Remembering the groundwork of journalistic writing
  5. Any questions about the Blog Post 4 Journalistic Web Story assignment? How did the brainstorming go last time?
  6. How to pitch a web story.

Remembering the Groundwork of Journalistic Writing

🚩Your Role as Media Content Creator

Understand the importance, significance, and gravity of your role in media content creation: You are responsible for the manner in which real people and real issues are portrayed to a public audience. Take that role VERY SERIOUSLY.

All content that you create needs to be fact-checked, accurate, fair, thoughtful and critically/purposefully executed.

We do not want to perpetuate stereotypes about groups of people, especially if the issue addresses sensitive, controversial, value-laden, or political topics. We want to be very mindful about how we report upon various people and issues.

For example, if your story is about science, remember their are women scientists that can be sources.

If your story is about nursing, remember there are male nurses that can be sources.

🚩Think critically about who you interview and why you are interviewing that particular person. We should work to include voices of multiple perspectives and people in our story.

🚩Get comfortable interviewing people who are different than you and reporting on their perspectives and experiences with fairness, objectivity, respect, and open-mindedness (e.g., you will need to interview people who are different than you in terms of gender, race, age, ability, economic status, background, geographic origin, religiosity, or values).

Blog Post 4 Journalistic Web Story – How did the brainstorming go last time?

Checklist for Blog Post 4 – Journalistic Web Story: Review the Assignment Guidelines!

  1. Number of Interviews (2 minimum, face-to-face, unless otherwise given permission)
  2. Minimum of two relevant photos that you took yourself
  3. Two relevant links (at minimum)
  4. Story Structure
    1. Appropriate headline
    2. Short sentences and paragraphs.
    3. Presence of opinions should be from sources, not yourself.
    4. Use of bolded chunk titles.
    5. Minimum of 750 words. Maximum of 850 words.
  5. Attribution and Quotes
    1. Paraphrased information vs. directly quoted information.
    2. Location of direct quotes (should be at the beginning of paragraphs)
    3. Frequency of direct quotes (every few paragraphs)

💡Back to your brainstorming…Find an angle for your story

Brainstorm an original story angle.

  • Remember a story angle is specific: specific people, specific places, specific times, and specific anecdotes. Do not suggest a vague, general topic such as “getting involved with student groups.” We need details to write a strong story.

In-Person Interviews: Interview and include at least 2 sources in your story.

  • Do not use family and friends! This story is journalism, not public relations or a first-person column. If you use family and friends, the highest grade you will get is a C. Additionally, the interviews must be conducted in-person (i.e., face-to-face).
    • If you want to conduct a telephone interview, you must get instructor approval. Email interviews are not allowed.
    • Finally, the 2 sources must present different perspectives or serve different roles in the story. For example, you can’t include 2 students on the same issue who all have the same opinion.
  • Other Sources: You may use organization reports, statistics, government websites, and any other non-human sources in your story. Attribute them correctly by using “According to…”.
    • You are not allowed to lift quotes from published news stories, attributed or not. Do not copy quotes from other outlets. Doing so is grounds for plagiarism charges. You will receive a zero on the assignment if you do this.

💡Pitch a Web Story

  1. Now that you have story angle, hopefully, read the How to Pitch a Story Idea;
  2. Write a one paragraph pitch and 2 potential sources you want to interview (submit via Wyocourses);
  3. Pitch your idea to a neighbor
    1. Ask for feedback (would you read this?)
    2. Give suggestions (what needs to be clarified more?)
    3. Ask for advice on sources (do you know anyone to interview?)
  4. When you’re done talking, independently read these students’ blog posts (see below). Then, with your partner, talk about what makes these stories strong. Think about the who, what, where, when, why, and so what. Think about the writing style as well.
    1. Andrew Wee, “For a Better Tomorrow” (profile on a professor)
    2. Madison Clark, “Poppy’s Plans for Valentine’s Day” (profile on a business)
    3. Priscilla Wigington, “Classical Music in a Modern World” (feature article)

💡Time to get curious

Review our guest speaker Aaron Ontiveroz’s (Denver Post photographer) work and submit your questions through the discussion page via Wyocourses (Homepage).

Reminder: One photo for your blog post 3 (photojournalism) and your quesitons are due before Wednesday’s class. Submit via Canvas. You may opt not to post this photo in your final blog post.


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