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Tag: journomeme

Journalism 101: I fixed this meme for you.

I can sympathize with the sentiment, but the top part of this meme (the white text on black background) is…

Journalists Verify Claims

Confirm what your sources tell you. Fact-checking makes the difference between ethical journalism (which sometimes upsets the powerful) and propaganda…

Details drive the news (new handout)

I have nothing against essays, but not every writing task requires an essay. I tell my students they will be…

Writing a news story calls on different skills than writing a traditional essay.

Updated an older instructional handout with a bunch of new examples and some fancy red/green color coding. To write a…

Journalists Prefer “Said”

Journalists prefer the neutral "said" to attribute a source's statements, opinions, and emotions. Using "claimed" generates doubt. Using "explained" confers…

Journalists write to inform, not to impress.

Sometimes when I find myself putting more than a usual amount of creativity into a comment on a student paper,…