JOUR3410 Exam 1 Notes 7

JOUR3410 Exam 1 Notes 7 - JOUR 3410 9-13-2010 Covering...

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JOUR 3410 9-13-2010 Covering Speeches and similar beasts Backgrounding. Know who is speaking before they speak. If possible, know what they are going to say before they say it. Some provide the text of their speech, but don’t count on it. Listen for the main point, the themes of what they’re trying to say. This might be your story, it might now. Does what they say connect with the audience? Who spoke? Get their names and identification. Does the name of the speaker go in the lede? Remember the role of prominence in a straight lede and story. Note the setting and circumstances of the speech. Capture color; audience size, attitude, context, place and time, etc. Maybe you’ll use it, maybe you won’t. But have it. o Million Man Walk- was not actually a million men; squabble-official estimate not given and now reporters are only guessing. Look for the unusual—not just during the speech, but before, during, and after. Any unusual occurrence? Outside and inside. Speech titles. Jot them down but generally avoid the spreading of titular colonicity. Forget the
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JOUR3410 Exam 1 Notes 7 - JOUR 3410 9-13-2010 Covering...

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