Thursday, February 19, 2009

Announcements, etc.

Great discussion today on American Forum and your interview stories. Just a reminder that the stories are due on your blogs by noon tomorrow (Friday 2/20). If you didn't get yours back until yesterday, you have until noon on Saturday.
For Monday, you have a reading packet on ethics and related issues. We will likely have a quiz on that, including style and current events.
*NOTE: I need your submitted commitment to an on-campus or off campus event by midnight tonight! I will approve your ideas. You need to attend your event as soon as possible. The on-campus event can be a meeting or panel discussion, but please avoid film screenings. If there is nothing else, these can be a last resort.
If you are going to an off campus event, you need to call ahead to confirm the time and place. Familiarize yourself with the handouts on covering press conferences and meetings. You should get as much information as you can ahead of time -- the agenda, participants, information sheets or handouts. Try to talk to a human being before you go to get the lowdown on what is expected to happen. Conduct interviews while you are there and be sure to get contact information. Get identifying information for all the people you interview. You must have the full name of everyone you quote in your story.
*NOTE: There is no class next Thursday to allow you time to attend your event and write your first draft. This will be a shorter story -- about 700-800 words. The first draft will be due Monday, March 2, in class.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this, your interview story or anything else.
-You know who...

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