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Feature Writing 101:
– Be objective. You are the narrator, not the main character.
– Write in third person. Do not use: I, you, we, our, etc.
– Write in AP style.
– Use short paragraphs. Usually, one to three sentences. Five at the most.
– Write a lead that hooks the reader. Should be one sentence.
– Use quotes and attribute them. Start the sentence with the quote and then use said. Example: “This challenge is the real deal,” Chiara said.
– Hyperlink if possible. Especially, if it will clear up confusion or gives more context.
– Check for spelling and grammar. EDIT in layers.
AP Style Guide: Purdue Online Writing Lab
Names: Full name on first reference. Only last name with no titles after that.
Example: Adam Chiara, a professor at University of Hartford, taught a class on AP style. Chiara knew his students would dislike him for it.
Titles: Capitalize a title if it’s before the name. If used after, it’s lowercase.
Example: Gov. Jane Smith is considering running for another term. Smith, who has been governor for seven years, …
Quotes: Commas and periods inside the quotation mark. If the quote is the beginning of the sentence, the first letter is capital. If the quote is a continuation, the first letter is lowercase. More details on quotes.
Example: “This challenge is the real deal,” Chiara said. He said it’s not the time that’s the problem but, “getting up in the early morning is hard for me.”
Location: Town, Conn. | Town, Conn., more text… | However, if you just mention the state, it is written out.
Example: He lives in Connecticut. He grew up in Hartford, Conn., before now living in West Hartford, Conn.
Dates: Oct. 21, more text…. | He was born in October.
Example: He was born on Oct. 21, 2015. His mom is happy is was born in October.
Numbers: Zero to nine is written out. 10 and higher is a number (unless the paragraph starts with a number, then write it out).
Time: 5 a.m. — 3 p.m.
Money: $100,000 — $1 million — $7.25. You do not follow the rules for numbers above.
Example: First he owed him $7.25, then $100,000, and the $1 million.
Interview your classmate, and write a 500-word story about why they came to CCSU, and profile who they are as a student.
Include a picture, relevant hyperlinks, and quotes. Follow the feature writing 101 rules and use AP style. Also, follow the aesthetic lessons we’ve learned about creating a good visual post.
Homework: Write a 500- to 750-word feature story on your blog.
The story can be a profile of someone (cannot be a family member or friend – you won’t be objective), about an event, or profiling a business/organization.
Email me the post before the start of next class
P.S. I’m ending class 20 minutes early today, but you will get to keep working in the room.
Create a multimedia story and post it to your site (one post). Write a 650- to 800-word story that profiles a person, organization/business, event, or a combination.
Assignments will be graded stricter. It must be better than before.
You must email me before the start of class on Friday, May 12. You must attend class that day to receive full credit for your final.
5 Tips on creating infographics:
The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, CCSU enrolls about 8,500 full-time and 4,000 part-time students. Of these, about 10,000 attend as undergraduates, and 2,400 as graduates.
Students comprise 42 percent of the School of Arts & Sciences enrollment (5,300).
Female students account for 48 percent of the undergraduate student population; males, 52 percent.
CCSU is richly diverse: about 20 percent of students are of traditional minority heritage; African American students comprise more than 8 percent of the student body; Latinos, nearly 8 percent; and Asians, almost 3 percent.
Assignment 6: Infographic
Create an infographic using Photoshop. You will make an infographic that simplifies complex data (an example would be this lobbying story). Any piece from another infographic cannot be used in your work.
Embed your infographic in a blog post with a paragraph setting it up
Email the blog post with your infographic before the start of class on Friday, April 14
Assignment 5: Create an informative slide show. How-To, Top 10, Informative
Email the blog post with your embedded slide show.
Social media has greatly disrupted traditional business models in the media. Industries like journalism, public relations, advertising, entertainment, etc., have to rethink the way they do business because of social media.
Homework: Live Tweeting
Report on or promote an event using Twitter.
“A good live tweet, however, takes speed, accuracy, context, wit, a strong visual sense and a good tool kit.” – LANCE ULANOFF
Your assignment must:
Possible events to cover could be: a concert; sports game (professional or amateur); a school event; a speaker; public meeting, etc.
Example of A tweets.
Email me your blog post with the embedded tweets before the start of the class after Spring Break.