Week 8 (31/3): The good, the bad, and the downright mad of Internet research

Photo: Bernie Borghetti/CC/Flickr
Photo: Bernie Borghetti/CC/Flickr

 

Research and write a profile of a significant person from history using only Internet resources. It’s a lot trickier than you might think finding the right information, ensuring it’s factual, deciding how much of it to use, and then writing a bio in an engaging style.

If you Google Jesus Christ, for example, you’re offered more than 542 million search results. How do you decide which ones to use?

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Week 6 (17/3): Writing radio news

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BY MARK GATELY

So far you’ve written a news story and a TV news story. Now it’s time to go for the third style of news writing – a radio story.

You will employ the same brevity as a TV news story but this time the emphasis will be on the ear rather than the eye.

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Week 5 (10/3): Writing for television news

Al Jazeera English newsroom. Photo: Paul Keller/CC/flickr

BY MARK GATELY

Class discussion: How do you interact with TV news?

Elements used in TV news:

  • A script written by the reporter
  • On-location footage featuring the reporter and interviewees
  • Video footage supplied by a cameraman
  • Archival footage
  • Still images and graphic images (tables/charts/cartoons etc)
  • A news anchor/presenter
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