journalism essay help

journalism essay help

The_Beat_goes on Story_GA.doc

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Graded Assignment

Beat News Story

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This document provides an overview of the tasks and time line for completing this assignment.

Assignment Instructions

Choose a beat that you would like to have on your local newspaper. Assign yourself a story to write and produce with one accompanying photograph. Talk to at least two people who you don’t know, include several quotes, facts, a good lead and a strong kicker.

You will gather and organize information, write a draft, and review and polish your work over the next several lessons. Your beat news story is due on the final day of this unit. Be sure to review the News Story Grading Rubric in course resources so you understand how your work will be evaluated.

Type your name, the date, your teacher’s name, and your school name at the top of this page. Type or paste your draft into this document. Be sure that your draft is double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font and 1 ½–2 pages. Save the file as follows:


Example: ENG010_S1_07_02_Beat_Story_S_Smith.doc

Time Line

You will complete this project over the course of eight school days.

Task Start Complete
Print and review assignment instructions. Day 1 Day 1
Conduct interview Day 2 Day 2
Conduct interview Day 3 Day 3
Start writing Day 4 Day 4
Conduct follow-up interviews or continue writing (Your Choice) Day 5 Day 5
Work on photo and caption Day 6 Day 6
Finish story (review Ethics Checklist, self-edit) Day 7 Day 7
Finish self-edit and submit final assignment for a grade Day 8 Day 8

Grading/Point Values

Assignment Point Value: 100

Required Final Draft Length

Word Count: 600–650

(100 points)

Type your draft here:

Your Score ___ of 100