JRN 401 Week 9 March 8
- Tuesday, March 8 – Profiles due next week. You will have the day on March 8 to have your profile edited and complete your profile. Deadline Tuesday, March 8 at 4:30 (please submit to Shannon by 4:30 on Tuesday, March 8 through UR Courses email)
- Tuesday, March 15 – Reading assignment:
- What has become of business journalism? The New Yorker. Available athttp://www.newyorker.com/business/currency/what-has-become-of-business-journalism
- Teaching Economic and Business Journalism: Fresh Approaches. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Available at http://www.robswells.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Journalism-Mass-Communication-Educator-2015-Weber-1077695815593984.pdf
- Business Beat Basics Ebook. National Centre for Business Journalism. Available for download at https://businessjournalism.org/free-download-business-beat-basics-ebook/ Note: this is an incredible resource with sections of covering agriculture; business; economics; energy, utilities and mining; sustainability; hospitals; insurance; investigative reporting; banking; manufacturing; real estate; retailing; sports and money; technology; and transportation.
- Tuesday, March 15 – Business story pitching
- Tuesday, March 22 – Business story due at 4:30 (you will have class and lab time to edit and complete your business story)
- Tuesday, March 29 reading assignment for class:
- “The Art of Column Writing.” Available athttps://businessjournalism.org/2014/04/the-art-of-column-writing/
- “Columns.” The Guardian. Available athttp://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/sep/25/writing.journalism.columns
- “How to write an Op-ed or Column.” Available athttp://journalistsresource.org/tip-sheets/writing/how-to-write-an-op-ed-or-column
- March 29 – Column pitch and column due by 4:30
- April 5 – Column pitch and column due by 4:30
What are the elements of a feature profile?
- a character!
- theme angle, interesting key element that ties the story together and makes it coherent
- newsworthy – why this person? why now?
- How are they unique? How are they like other people?
- Story-telling means finding the narrative – what are the elements of a narrative story?
- Plot – tension
- Turning point – impact on the character
- Anecdotes – that are relevent to the theme/angle
- Quotes – backed with facts, use “said” or “says”
- Interviewing – do 2 interviews plus
- #1 – build rapport, background, find focus/theme/angle
- #2 – fill in gaps
- #3, 4, 5 – other people related to the story
- scene – details of how they work, live
Types of profiles:
- vignette – moment in time
- a day in the life
- 15 minutes of fame
- full life profile
Class activity: select students to interview and find the interesting key element about them that will make a great profile
From “How to Write a Profile Story. Available at http://journalism-education.cubreporters.org/2010/08/how-to-write-profile-story.html
What follows are some of the many questions you may want to ask:
- Where did you go to college? What degrees do you have?
- What, if any, further degrees or certifications are you pursuing?
- Do you have any other special training that has prepared you for your career?
- Where have you worked before this job?
- What honors/awards have you received?
- Could you give some personal background (single/married, children, etc.)?
- Are you involved in any community organizations (charities, church, etc.)?
- What are your hobbies?
- Where did you grow up? Did you move around a lot? If yes, how did this affect you? If no, how did the stability of living in one place all your life affect you?
- Are there any political or social issues you feel passionately about?
Do you have a nickname?
- List your favorites (book, movie or play, quote, poem, website, type of food or individual dish, music genre, song, band or individual musician, perfume, clothing style or designer, etc.).
- Where have you traveled?
- Tell me about your current job (activity, whatever)? What attracted you to it?
- How do you break it down and handle everything?
- How do you keep a healthy work/life balance?
- What are your greatest stresses and what causes you the most anxiety in your life?
- What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?
- What are the most critical problems faced by people in your field in this city/state/country? How do you think these problems should be handled?
- What’s the hardest thing for you about being a _____? How do you address that?
- What comes easiest to you as a ______?
- Who was your favorite _______ and why?
- So far what’s been your most embarrassing moment as a ________?
- What’s the newest, freshest approach you are bringing to your job?
- What’s the next skill or knowledge set you want to add to your repertoire to make you a better _________?
- Favorite weekend activity?
- What’s your favorite funny story about yourself?
- Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.
- List three misconceptions that people often have about you (and, if none, why).
- What’s your life plan? What do you plan to have accomplished in five, 10, 20, and 50 years — personally and/or professionally?
- What was your favorite toy (or game) as a child, and why?
- What makes you laugh?
- Best compliment you’ve ever received?
- Anything else you’d like to add?
- Did the person have a model or idol who they aspired to be as a youth?
- Did the person have specific goals as a youth? How did they go about achieving those goals?
- Who has helped them during their personal or professional career?
- Has there been a defining moment in that person’s life that made themdecide to take the direction in life that they did?
- Does the person have advice to offer people who are aspiring to be as successful as he/she?
- Tell me something about yourself that people might not readily know.