Sample JN2000 Preparation Activities
examples of two leads that succeed in local or national papers or web sites.
Explain what type of lead each is, and write why each lead works for that particular story. One paragraph per lead.
a news story that uses a nut graf. Identify the nut graf and explain why you believe it fits the description
for a nut graf. Include a copy of the story.
news stories that exemplify the three different structures outlined in the text
- an inverted pyramid story, a martini glass story and the kabob story - and
bring them to class. For each, write a paragraph describing why you believe
your story choices are good examples of those structures.
have recently joined the Kansas City
Star and have been assigned a beat. Which beat is it? Using the techniques you have learned about covering a beat, explain
how you will prepare for effective beat reporting. Then describe three stories
that fall under your beat that would be relevant, useful and interesting.
"It's My Turn" You get to write an editorial for
either the Kansas City Star or the Sentinel. Describe three specific topics you
could write about and discuss why each would be a good choice. (One paragraph
per topic; three paragraphs total.)
- Find an example of an outstanding online media piece. What makes it outstanding? How does it meet the criteria outlined in the chapter? Write a one- to two-page critique of the story.