The final article — Important!!

BlogJ3117 - Spring 2018
I have entered everything except the final article grade into Blackboard, and have exempted your lowest news quiz score. Please remember if that if you got a score of 0% (because you didn’t show up that day) that score is NOT exempted. If you see anything that doesn’t fit your understanding of your grades, let me know as soon as possible. But, assuming everything is correct, you now know your grade heading into the final.
If you were one of the five (Paul, Diane, Christian, Jaylin and Isabell) that worked during the March For Our Lives, the grade you see in Blackboard now is your final grade.
If you owe me a final, you have a choice, hence the choose your own adventure gambit…
Option One — Your Pitch 
This is the default option. These are the steps: (1) file your complete pitch as described below by 3 pm on April 17 to the Google document (2) file your draft by 3 pm on April 17 to your “Articles” Dropbox folder (3) meet with me one-on-one next week (4) file your final version by April 24 at 5 pm
Option Two — Earth Day 
Earth Day is on April 22, and there are a bunch of events occurring that day. Under this option, you will attend, write and file your story on the same day. Since this is event coverage, your piece will no longer be newsworthy on April 23. So, here are the steps for this: (1) file your complete pitch by 3 pm on April 17  as described below to the Google document (2) meet with me one-on-one that week to discuss your pitch (3) file your story by 11:59 p.m. on April 22.
What do I mean by a complete pitch? 
Story pitches need to have a specific focus (aka “the angle”) and have no open questions that could sink the piece. This is in addition to the requirements that it be both timely and interesting. What do I mean by the open questions? This might be best answered by an example. If you pitch a story that crime has increased since the opening of a 7-Eleven in your city, but have yet to call the cops, your story will fall apart if the cops say this isn’t true. In a word, you need to have done significant research about your story before your pitch it. You don’t need to have every question answered, but you need to be confident that the main thrust, angle or point of your article is true. 
This complete pitch needs to be filed to the Google document found on this link:
Be kind to me and your fellow classmates and follow the spacing and formatting in the example. What do I mean by that? Edit > Paste Without Formatting
Pluses and Minuses 
To be clear, there are pluses and minuses to each of these options. Before I spell those out, here are the parts that are common to both:
– You must five a complete pitch by 3 pm on April 17
– You need three human sources, minimum
– Your piece will be between 500 and 700 words
– Your grade will be based heavily on your command of standard English and AP style
– Your piece must have a photograph that identifies the people pictured. If relevant, this can be provided by one of your sources, but the presumption is that you will take it. See examples below.
Option One Implications 
– You must file a complete pitch and draft of your story on April 17 at 3 pm
– You will get feedback that week about grammar, style and other stories concerns during our one-on-one meeting that week
– You have nearly two days longer to finish your piece (April 24 at 5 pm instead of April 22 at 11:59 pm)
Option Two Implications 
– You only have to file your complete pitch on April 17 at 3 pm
– Because you will be writing a deadline story (that is, you file the same day as the thing happens), I will not be able to give you grammar and style feedback before you are graded on your competence in those areas. However, we will work on focusing your piece as during our one-on-one meeting
– Your deadline is April 22 instead of April 24
– Because you are writing about a clearly newsworthy event, you are more likely to be published
Photo captions 
Photo captions need to identify everyone in the image (unless it’s a crowd of people), the day it happened and what’s going on. It also need to state who took the photo. Note they need to adhere to the standards of accuracy, grammar and AP style as the main piece.
PHOTO EXAMPLE (A photo you took)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas junior Emily Kolber holds a sign during the March for Our Lives in Parkland, Florida on March 24. (Photo by Dianne Morales)
Marjory Stoneman Douglas junior Emily Kolber holds a sign during the March for Our Lives in Parkland, Florida on March 24. (Photo by Dianne Morales)
PHOTO EXAMPLE (A photo provided to you) 

A collage of women who work in the communications field, used as part of the promotional materials for the Women in Communications conference held on the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus on April 5. (Image courtesy of the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women)
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