TO DO DURING THE BREAK: An original story of a standard that can be published on the Sydney TAFE Media news site. It can be told any way you like – a series of photos, a written story, a video, a radio podcast. Post your story on your WordPress and tweet the link (mention me – @babelfishes) when it’s done. NB: This is entirely voluntary – it’s not my style to set homework for holidays. But just in case you wanted something to do 🙂 )
Today you’ll put your new news writing skills into practice. You may write as many stories as you like, but at least two must be in inverted pyramid style (refer to last Friday’s News Conference post and the Style and Structure .ppts if you need a reminder).
Take a look at a few examples of non-fiction writing or extended audio or video features (please see the resources below, or of course you may choose your own). Draw up lists which will show how each story differs in respect to the following elements:
audience types and requirements
any links between word length or duration, style, audience, publication, and purpose
note especially how each story opens, and how it ends (very different from the inverted pyramid story)
other elements, such as photographs, illustrations, captions, supers, subtitles, headlines, and standfirsts (a ‘standfirst’ is a short paragraph that outlines the story to come)
Start to develop ideas for your own extended feature story (written, audio or video) and write an outline of each idea. The story you decide upon will be the one you complete for your assessment in this subject. Part of the assessment asks you to pitch the story to a media organisation or website to be published.
Your completed feature will be at least 1,000-1,500 words (written feature), or five minutes’ duration (audio or video).
Your story outline should include:
the publication you’re aiming for, and a description of its audience
the purpose of your story
the voice, tone, and style you plan to use
the type of story, e.g. profile, background story (political, science, health, education)
the names or occupations of people you will interview
where you will conduct research for the story
how you plan to organise your information (i.e. how you will organise files and research, and how you’ll back up work as you go)
Opinion pieces will not be accepted for this assessment. You will need to interview at least three people for your story, and show evidence of research in places other than the Internet.