by Your Name
Write a news or feature story on a topic of your choice.
Possible story ideas:
• Cover a sports event. Write about it and quote a coach, a player and a fan.
• Cover a presentation. Indicate what the person said, quote from the speech, provide context based on your research and quote two people who attended.
• Profile an interesting person. Why is this person interesting? Quote the person and tell her/his life story. Quote friends, family, coworkers, etc.
• Write about a person or family coping with the recession.
• Review an arts event. Describe it, quote the artist and quote two other people.
How to do it:
1) Lede. It may be straightforward or creative, anecdotal or summary, but the tone and focus must be appropriate to your topic.
2) Body of your story. You must include:
• Background. Explain the topic to a general audience. What led to the events your story describes? Provide names, events, dates, details.
• Nut graf. So what? Why is this news? Why should your audience care?
• A news peg. This can be a recent development, a connection to current events or a new discovery about an old topic.
• Quotes! You must interview and quote three people.
• Appropriate organization and transitions. Don’t just throw paragraphs together—write for flow.