Extra Credit: The Black 14 and The First Amendment

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Extra Credit: The Black 14 and The First Amendment on Thurs. Sept. 12 @ 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Arts & Sciences Auditorium

Due by Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Pick one of the two options.

Option 1: You attend the event and write a brief news story about the actual event.

  1. You’re a reporter for a local media outlet. You’re assigned to attend The Black 14 and The First Amendment event.
  2. Do your research before the event; what is The Black 14? Who are they? What happened and why did it matter? Why is this event relevant today?
  3. Next, you attend the event. As you’re there, take notes about the most important moments, quotes, interactions, and information. Be sure you take notes on setting the scene for the audience – how many people attended, what was the atmosphere like, where was the event held? Take notes and reflect immediately after the event on: What are the most important details to share to your audience? What is the story? Who cares and why?
  4. After attending the event, taking notes, and reflecting on the story, please write a brief news story that is between 400 and 600 words.
  5. Submit your news story to WyoCourses.

Option 2: You can’t attend the event and write a brief news story that previews the event.

  1. You’re a reporter for a local media outlet. You’re assigned to write a preview story of the upcoming The Black 14 and The First Amendment event.
  2. Do your research about the event; what is The Black 14? Who are they? What happened and why did it matter? Why are The Black 14 relevant today? Why are the Black 14 here and doing an event about The First Amendment? What other events are occurring on campus that commemorate The Black 14?
  3. After doing this research, please write a brief news story that is between 400 and 600 words that previews The Black 14 and The First Amendment event as well as discusses the background of The Black 14 and discusses other Black 14 occurring in town this week.

Requirements:

  1. Use AP Style
  2. Write an engaging and strong lead.
  3. Use newswriting style.
  4. Keep story between 400 and 600 words. Your story will be subjected to a word count.

Amount of Extra Credit:

Extra Credit will vary by the quality of your news story, and it will range from 5 points of extra credit to 20 points of extra credit.

 

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I'm an associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Wyoming. In my ninth year at UW, I regularly teach multimedia production, web design, political communication, quantitative research methods, and media, science, and society.