1. Read Inside Reporting, pages 60-61 "66 Newswriting Tips." Choose at least one from each section to help you revise your news article. Note: You don't need to write them into your document. Today, you will solely work in your story document. Show your understanding of the rules you have chosen by applying them to your edits and revisions.
2. To revise and edit your draft, do all of your work in your story document in the Team Drive. Go through the following steps to ensure your draft is all the way finalized before submitting your final draft by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018:
- OPTIONAL: If you need help with the structure and content of your article, check out the following sections for some ideas of what else to include:
- NEWS: p. 110/111 (politics), p.94/95 (covering specific news topics)
- OPINION: p. 134/135
- REVIEWS (A&E): p.l136/137
- SPORTS: p.112/113
- Make sure to address and resolve all feedback and comments you have been given. Don't just click on "resolve" without addressing your feedback.
- Finish any interviews you still need to wrap this up.
- Edit and revise your article's headlines. Make sure you have a shorter and a longer version. Choose the strongest and most engaging versions for your headlines.
- Make sure your article is broken into short paragraphs. Start a new paragraph for each quote.
- Is your lead paragraph a question? Re-work it to avoid starting with a question. Make sure your lead is an engaging introduction to your article.
- Double-check that you have avoided including questions you asked your interviews or sentences like "I went and asked [student name] about..." -- these are unnecessary and take up room you don't have.
- Make sure you avoided you/we/our/us or I-statements in anything other than quotes. Rewrite any instances you find with third person pronouns (he/she/they/students/players.)
- Make sure your article includes at least three sources and that your sources are cited correctly. Check out this Formatting Quotes Cheat Sheet here.
- Make sure your article doesn't end with a really opinionated closure (unless you are writing an opinion story).
- Run your article through Grammarly at least once before submitting your final draft.
3. Need a test reader? Ask any of your group members to give you feedback or help you brainstorm any questions you may have.
4. Submit your final draft on Canvas (Final Draft Deadline 2/9/18) no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 9. Make sure you have gone through all the above steps before submitting.
- Final Draft Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018 (Final Drafts must be on the Team Drive and on Canvas. To turn it in on Canvas, click on File and download your draft as a Word document, then use the File Upload tab to upload your work on Canvas.)