Dylan’s story about a new home for the Mirror Lake ducks.
Leisa’s story about a hat tradition that’s 100 years old.
Bree’s column about her dad’s deployment.
Network!! Look and listen!! Don’t be intimidated by “requirements.” Can I live with this? Stay humble but hungry.
Here is a great post on tools you can use to make yourself stand out when applying for a job. And note what he says: RESUMES SHOULD BE ONE PAGE! JUST ONE! ONLY ONE!
A very prominent alumna passed this along for me to share with you all.
Do your homework on the company, the people….and the competition.
Have questions, even basic ones. Examples: typical work day? Why do they work there? Highlight this year? Goals?
If you’re stumped, stall effectively.Examples: Restate the question. Tell you what it won’t be.
Always bring ideas.
Please and thank you.
Ask for feedback either way.
Good story. Compelling characters. Full use of senses. Strong scene setting. Narrative arc. Good quotes. Deep reporting. Memorable. Not hard news, but has a news hook of some kind.
Some good ones from Lantern:
Best feature of the year 2011 according to Associated Collegiate Press.
Friends and rivals on the men’s basketball team.
Proof that OSU has secret societies…at least one!
I wrote this for Poynter. It uses 1st person, which normally you would not do, but features do let you bend/break some rules.
PROFILES!! Get to know a person, department, business, etc. on a different level than you and your audience normally would. More time you spend on these, the better they will be. Most are “positive,” but never forget the “to be sure” section, even if only a paragraph. Nothing is perfect. Life is not all sunshine and rainbows.
Here’s one from this semester that one of you wrote.
Here is a powerful one from ESPN and it is about far more than sports.
Here’s how the AP makes calls on Election winners.
Random question — what’s wrong with this lede:
A recent study found that 85 percent of journalism majors are having trouble writing ledes about surveys and research.
WRITING IN THE FIRST PERSON
This piece ran in The Lantern last year. Short and powerful.
One of my favorite stories. Only time I wrote in first person for the AP as a full-time reporter.
This is one of the better personal experience/memoir pieces I’ve read in a while. The author ran the AP’s political team in DC when I was on the business staff.
1. Numerals are fine. Proper AP style in a story requires you to write: “The man robbed three women at gunpoint, police said.” But the hed for that story could say: Police: armed man robs 3 women.
2. Periods are not needed! Very rare that you will need to use a period in a headline unless you are trying to write complete sentences, which is also rare. A semi-colon or even a comma can be used to introduce a new thought. For example: Jobless rate hits 10 percent; 2 million people lost jobs in Oct.
3. Almost always OK to replace the word “and” with a comma. For example: Obama, Biden to visit Iraq….or Obama visits Iraq, Iran, Japan, China
4. Heds do NOT need to be complete sentences. See examples above.
5. Avoid question heds, quote heds, etc. They can be effective….RARELY!
6. Make sure the headline accurately portrays the story that follows. Think of them as sneak previews, OR PROMISES THAT MUST BE KEPT.
8. It can leave lasting impression if headlines are misleading or wrong.