WB 5: Research; Mock Press Conference; Story Pitch
Rescheduled from Sep 26 and retitled.
Compile steps 1-3 into a single word processor file, and upload it to the appropriate slot on Turnitin.com
before today's class sometime on Wednesday. Steps 4 and 5 are for the in-class activity, and steps 6 and 7 are follow-ups after class.
1) Use the LexisNexis library database (update, Oct 22: it's a free journalism archive available from the SHU library website) in order to find recent news coverage of Seton Hill University and its president, JoAnne Boyle. Write a brief paragraph about what you learned, emphasizing possible angles for a news story.
2) Imagine that you are preparing to pitch a story to The Setonian. Prepare three or four significant questions that you would ask President Boyle, if you had the chance to put them to her. Include both open and closed questions.
3) Create a brief transcript from a mock press conference, in which you ask your questions, and supply plausible answers to
these questions. (Ethical note: outside of a classroom exercise, you
would of course never invent answers this way. We are just doing this
so we can simulate a press conference.)
4) With a printout of your mock transcript. (We will use it in a classroom exercise.)
5) Ready to take notes on what happens during a mock press conference classroom exercise. You will need those notes in order to...
6) E-mail me a story pitch based on what happens during the mock press conference. (You don't have to commit to doing this story for Article 2 -- this is just an exercise.)
7) Post an informal blog entry in which you describe your reaction to today's classroom activity.
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I couldn't believe she existed! She was there in the flesh, and I actually got to speak with her! ::faints:: Alright. Let me collect myself. On Wednesday's class, we had a mock press conference with SHU President, JoAnne Boyle. Up... Read More