Style and Substance

Today we will:

  • Have News Round Up
  • Hear Newschecks
  • Discuss Zinsser Ch. 20 — style
  • Discuss profile leads
  • Discuss Heights of Fear and how it applies to your final paper
  • DUE: Outline Assignment 4

News Round UP

Zinsser — Ch. 20 — Style and Voice

Adverbs/words to avoid

  1. Many
  2. Pretty
  3. Nice
  4. Kind
  5. Pleasant
  6. Tall/short/fat/skinny
  7. Big/little
  8. Shimmering
  9. Absolutely
  10. Same exact
  11. Truly unique
  12. Quite
  13. Funny
  14. Many
  15. Incredible
  16. A lot
  17. Bad/good
  18. Roaring
  19. Interesting
  20. Amazing
  21. very
  22. so
  23. kind of
  24. sort of
  25. really
  26. totally
  27. actually
  28. probably
  29. seems
  30. could have
  31. just
  32. perfect

Heights of Fear

Homework:

  • Read Zinsser Ch. 21 and 22
  • Read: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? (handout)
  • Profile final draft due Tuesday Nov. 4
  • If not yet turned in, outline for Assigment 4 due
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Nuts, Bolts and Punctuation

Today we will:

  • Review news of the day
  • Hear two Newschecks
  • Talk about punctuation
  • Discuss profile writing — focus on nut graphs — finding them and writing them
  • Due Thursday, Oct. 30 : Outline for major piece
  • Due Tuesday, Nov. 4 Draft 2 Profile
  • Due Tuesday, Nov. 11 draft of major paper to edit in class

News Round Up

Punctuation

Profiles

Homework:

  • Read for Thursday: The Heights of Fear from the UB Spectrum. Print it out. Be ready to discuss the research that went into it, the story structure and what you like, dislike about the piece.
  • Read Zinsser Ch. 20
  • DUE: Outline for major piece (this can be turned in Thursday or Tuesday)

How ethics engulfs the debate about stem cells (again) and how politics interferes with climate change

Today we will:

  • Take questions about assignments 3 and 4
  • REVISION: profile draft and major paper ideas due by Oct. 23.
  • News roundup and news check
  • Stem cells and ethics
  • Climate change and politics

News Round Up

Stem Cells

Climate Change

Homework:

Work on profiles. Work on ideas for Assignment 4.

Ethical issues in science — stem cell focus

Today we will:

  • Talk about individual conferences next week — sign up today or Thursday
  • Discuss news of the day
  • Review profile ideas
  • Discuss “Never Let Go”
  • Discuss ethics in science journalism
  • Stem cell research — “case study”
  • Discuss Field Guide Chapters 27 and 29
  • Due: News story final draft

News Roundup

Stem cells

Homework:

  • Work on two pitches for research stories — due Tues Oct 21
  • Work on scientist profile — due Thurs. Oct. 23
  • Outlines for research stories due Thurs. Oct 30.

Profiles

Today we will:

  • Discuss timeline of due dates
  • Hear news checks
  • Discuss major research papers
  • Discuss profiles
  • Discuss “Parents of micro-preemie face heart-wrenching decisions
  • Next week: biological sciences and climate change

Due dates:

  • Assignment 2 News Story  final: due Tues. 10/14
  • Assignment 4 — two pitches for research story (100-150 words each) — Tues Oct 21 or Thurs Oct. 23 (during individual conferences)
  • Assignment 3 profile —  draft w/worksheet: Due Thurs. Oct. 23
  • Assignment 4 major piece — Outline due Thurs. Oct. 30
  • Assignment 3 profile — final — due Tues. Nov. 4
  • Assignment 4 draft — due Nov. 11
  • Assignment 4 final — due Dec. 4

Next week discuss genetics (stem cell research and begin climate change)

News Round Up

Profiles

Never Let Go

Juniper’s first days video

  • Homework: Work on profiles and research ideas
  • Read Chs. 27 and 29 Field Guide for Tuesday, Ch. 35 for Thursday

Ethics, news writing and profiles

Today we will:

Discuss journalism ethics — plagiarism, quote lifting, making up sources
Finish discussion of news writing
Discuss drafts 1 of your papers
Discuss profile writing
Talk about NYT piece on James H. Simons

Ethics
SPJ Code

Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, Fareed Zakaria, Mike Barnicle, Rick Bragg, Patricia Smith

News writing examples

Explainer: NYT Ebola Q &A

Features

Profiles

Homework:

  • Read: “Never Let Go.” Part 1
  • Read Field Guide Ch. 21
  • Work on rewrite of news story (due Oct. Tues, Oct. 14)
  • Think about scientist profile idea. You must have an idea and have it cleared by Tues, Oct. 14.  Also think about ideas for major research project — two pitches due 10/21

Autism, Vaccines and Ebola

Today we will:

  • Discuss Berman talks and papers
  • Hear three news checks and discuss Ebola and Ebola coverage
  • Finish talking about autism and vaccines and think about why connection between the two occurred and continues
  • DUE:  Assignment 2 draft
  • Briefly discuss Assignment 3 — profile
  • You will be getting back Assignment 1 final pieces, Berman talk and questions for Berman

News checks/Ebola

Homework