The most common errors that students make with the journalistic web writing assignment deal with: (1) Newswriting, News Editing (e.g., AP Style), and Attribution, and (2) Commas.
We will complete in-class assignments that are designed to test your skills in these areas.
A lecture on these areas will follow the in-class assignments. Download the Comma lecture from our class page link.
For direct quotes, follow this style: “I really love to learn about grammar,” said Kristen Landreville, a student in COJO 3530.
Rule: Insert quote punctuation within the quotation mark. Use a comma, unless you have a directly quoted question or exclamation, such as, “Do I really love to learn about grammar?” said Kristen Landreville, a student in COJO 3530.
See Ch. 6, p. 109-111 for examples of these.
Summary Leads: Who, what, where, when, why, how
Blind Leads: Focus on the summary, but do not give specifics of the “who”. Less “bulky” than the summary lead.
Impact Leads: Start with explaining why reader should care about the story.
Umbrella Leads: Combine concepts from summary and impact leads.
Soft News or Feature Leads
See Ch. 6, p. 111-112 for examples of these.
Anecdotal Leads: Provide short story that is a reflection of the larger story. Most common lead for features.
Descriptive Leads: Set a scene, paint a picture, off vivid detail to draw the reader in.
Quotation Leads: Generally, avoid them. If you have a very powerful quote that summarizes a dramatic experience, then perhaps it may work.