Maintain your academic integrity by
- submitting your own original work
- giving proper credit to other people whose words and/or ideas appear in your work
- recognizing that direct quotation (with citation) and paraphrase (with citation) are both acceptable ways to use outside material.
- start early (plan 2-3 hours of homework for each hour of class)
- keep on track (with brainstorming, drafting, workshop, and revision assignments)
- seek out help (from the professor, Writing Center, tutors)
Nevertheless, your goals as a news writer are different, so what counts as "good writing" is also different.
|English Essay||News Story|
instructor knows more about the
subject than the student-author.
Usually, the reporter knows more about the subject than the general reader.
Essays for Your Instructor
Journalism for the General Public
Instead of a thesis or research question, a news article has a lead (or "lede"). Instead of long paragraphs designed to convince professors that you understand your subject, a news article has short paragraphs with details carefully chosen to help non-experts understand your subject.
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Write it as a third-person, objective news story, not a first-person essay.
Begin with a lead, follow the inverted pyramid, and include direct quotes from at least three sources (one of which can be yourself).
An editor's car trouble, a power outage, and a pet rodent on the loose didn't sink last week's homecoming issue of the Seton Hill University newspaper, thanks in part to some timely assistance from freshman Gertrude Griffin.Most lab reports won't be this dramatic, but you get the idea.
"When my tire went flat at 2am, I thought I'd never get back to school on time, but Gertrude was there for me," said editor-in-chief Nate Gruff.
Griffin, a journalism major from Philadelphia, was getting ready for bed when the lights went out early Monday morning.
"I couldn't see very well, but I grabbed my my computer bag when Nate called," said Griffin. "I didn't know Squeaker had climbed inside."
In this example, Gertie Griffin has actually interviewed her editor, Nate Gruff, and she is filling out the story with made-up quotes from herself. (That's fine for this exercise, where the point is for you to practice the form of a news story, but would be completely unethical in a real news organization.)
While it's OK to toot your own horn a bit in an exercise like this, you'll need to talk to your editors and peers to supply the quotes that fill out the story. Be accurate, and be realistic. (Note that the example says Griffin is "in part" responsible for saving the issue. It would be inaccurate to suggest she saved the paper all by herself.)
See the full rubric for the lab report assignment: EL 200 Lab Report.doc