Journalisms Genres

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Journalism’s Genres Picking the right one, and doing it right!
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What Are the Genres You’re Required to Write? Three News Briefs (turned in together) Spot News (assigned and covered same day) Straight News In-Depth News In-Depth News Feature or Feature Story (can be three-part series) Offbeat Sports (news or feature story) General Feature Personality (Profile) Feature Story Entertainment Column Four “free” stories
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Good Journalism Always … Is, in all ways, accurate , brief and clear: the “ABCs of Journalism!”
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First, the questions … What’s your assignment? What are your options? News stories must be exceptionally timely . Many stories emerge from news stories. Because of media convergence , the trend is toward the news feature.
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Spot News Happens NOW! Stories must have news value : immediacy/timeliness currency prominence proximity impact (consequences) magnitude (large #s) conflict/ drama human interest and/or unusualness/ bizarre
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‘Spot’ News Can Be a ‘News Brief’ But not your spot news story News briefs are one of the most difficult genres to master, but are frequently given to the novice reporter. Can be as little as 150 words; must encapsulate a news story in the smallest possible space. (Keep your three news briefs to turn in at the same time as one graded story please .) Must be filed immediately. Has become a staple online Must have show-stopper leads!
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Tips on Writing News Stories Rank facts from most important to least, even within the lead sentence . Keep the WIIFM for readers in mind. Break up paragraphs with the most meaningful partial or full quotes. Details in decreasing order of importance. Have a specific order for listing info. Keep stories as short as possible – but provide all necessary details !
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News Features Based on a news events, but can be more “newsy” or more “feature-y,” depending on the news. Gives an “insider’s” up-close slant. Require high-interest leads and a themes threaded throughout. Use more quotes, more sources. Format usually a great lead, pithy quote or partial quote, nut graph (or the reverse); then a series of conflict, resolution, etc. – then a terrific ending that reinforces the theme. Less important info goes at the bottom, but copy editors shouldn’t cut off the end as they do on news story.
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What Are In-Depth News and the In-Depth News Feature or Feature? Based on news event (feature not …)
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