This is a simple assignment designed to make you more critical science news consumers. Here’s what you have to do:
- Sign up for a news check date in class.
- Choose an article published within 48 hours of your chosen date that interests you.
- Figure out why it interests you.
- Talk about it with the class: Think about why the reporter and editor chose to publish the story when and where they did. What relevance does the story have to readers? If the publication is specialized (technology website, political magazine, music magazine etc.) what is the appeal to the publication’s readers?
- What is the lead (first line or lines)? Nut graph? Are the quotes good? Why, why not? How does the writer transition from one thought/person to another? How does the piece end? Does it have a kicker?
- Overall, did the reporter do a good, bad or mediocre job on the piece? Why? What information is missing?
- Discuss the story with the class. To do this, you will have to send me the url by 10 a.m. on the day of your presentation. Presentations should last 5-8 minutes.
- After your presentation, hand in notes you used to talk to the class. I will put your grade for the news check on the paper and hand it back to you.