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ENGL 219 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 1
Journalism is Changing (graded)
People are no longer dependent on print newspapers to keep them informed. What new forms
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People are no longer dependent on print newspapers to keep them informed. What new forms of journalism are currently being developed? Which forms do you prefer and why?
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 1 Discussion 2
Identifying News (graded)
Have you ever wondered how journalists decide what stories to cover? They use broad criteria to make initial assessments and then take their particular audiences into consideration. Look at an online newspaper from your area, select an article, and tell us why you think it is or isn’t newsworthy. Explain the criteria on which you based your decision and share the link you viewed.
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 1
Protection for the Media (graded)
Let’s start with your protection as a journalist. Do some research and reading to discover which part of the United States Constitution protects the press and you as a journalist. What does the Constitution say? In addition, why should there be protection for the press?
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 2 Discussion 2
Code of Honor/Ethics (graded)
Look at several issues that affect the codes of honor and ethics of a journalist, as well as the legal issues. Pick THREE from the following list and define them. Discuss what an ethical journalist should keep in mind regarding each issue.
Conflict of Interest
Invasion of Privacy
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 1
The Discipline of Verification (graded)
Chapter 6 of our text discusses the Discipline of Verification. The text states “Journalists, when operating as they should, follow much the same investigative system used by scientists.” What is the system? How does the journalistic process of layered editing fit into the Discipline of Verification?
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 3 Discussion 2
Obituaries: Style and Information (graded)
What is the Inverted Pyramid? Explain this technique and why it is effective when writing obituaries.
The definition of an inverted pyramid is that it is a metaphor used by journalists and other writers to illustrate how information should be prioritized and structured in a text. It is a common method for writing news stories as well. The inverted pyramid or upside-down pyramid can be thought of as a simple triangle with one side drawn horizontally at the top and the body pointing down. The widest part at the top represents the most substantial, interesting and important information the writer means to convey, illustrating that this kind of material should head the article, while the tapering lower portion illustrates that other material should follow in order of diminishing importance. The top of the pyramid is the "lead" where the most important information is, the middle is the "body" where the crucial information is and the bottom is the "tail" where the extra information is. I think that the inverted pyramid is important when writing obituaries because when you read an obituary all the important information is first, the who, what, when, where and how. Then the further you read on the less crucial the information is, usually ending with the deceased "survivors" or perhaps where to make monetary donations. Quite often, obituaries do not state how a person died, but the first paragraph gives the information that readers want to know the most such as the person’s name, age, and place of residency.
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 1
Conducting an Interview (graded)
Discuss the primary differences between open- and closed-ended questions. Define both. Why are open-ended questions vital to good reporting?
In addition, read the following information. If you were the reporter, what three open-ended questions would you ask while interviewing the subject?
Scenario: Your local mayor has been accused of stealing county funds. After a recent audit, he was accused of embezzling over $5,000 over two years' time. His court date is set for next week, and he has agreed to allow you to interview him to prove his innocence. List your three open-ended questions. (Keep ethical and legal matters in mind!)
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ENGL 219 DeVry Week 4 Discussion 2
Quoting from Sources (graded)
When quoting from sources for articles, explain three considerations a journalist must keep in mind. Why are they important? What risks are involved?
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 1
Effective News Reporting (graded)
When writing the news, what are three priorities a reporter must keep in mind? Why are they essential to effective news reporting?
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 5 Discussion 2
Working Together: Your News Article (graded)
Post your completed article in the Class Newspaper thread this week. Remember, it must concern a current, national news event. Use recent news releases to gather information on the topic you select. We will brainstorm for ideas together in this thread this week!
Also, please respond to classmates' topic selections. Give one another feedback, suggestions, and help.
Mention any difficulties you encountered when writing the news article. Post your completed article in your Team Thread this week.
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 1
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 6 Discussion 2
Working Together: Your Sports Article (graded)
This week, we will work on writing your sports article for our class newspaper. First, post your ideas about what event you might cover. Think of events coming up this week on television or even a local high school football game in which your child will play! Post your completed article in the Class Newspaper.
Then, list two priorities a sports writer must keep in mind when reporting on a game. Why are these two priorities important? Explain your reasoning.
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 1
Newspaper Differences (graded)
Locate two newspapers via the Internet or by purchasing them. Choose a small community newspaper and a major, well-known paper such as The Washington Post or The New York Times. In your post, compare the two newspapers. What similarities and differences do you note about the stories, such as the style and the format? What are the front page stories? Don't forget to mention the names of the two newspapers!
ENGL 219 DeVry Week 7 Discussion 2
Working Together: Your Class Newspaper (graded)
You have this week to work with your assigned team members to produce a class newspaper. Remember, each student must include two articles in the newspaper! Now is the time to assume your role in the production process and fulfill your responsibilities so that the final assignment will be completed on time.
Post a rough draft of the class newspaper to this thread early enough during the week to allow everyone in class an opportunity to review the newspapers towards ensuring a strong final project. Please provide feedback for your own newspaper as well as the other team's newspaper.
Final project team reviews will be conducted next week where feedback and last minute edits and changes will be completed before editor-in-chief submission of the final deliverable.
Please be very proactive and work together as any successful newspaper staff!
ormation. If you were the reporter, what three open-ended questions would you ask while interviewing the subject?
Please be very proactive and work toge