List of upcoming deadlines

Next week’s schedule of readings and assignments is posted. Lots to keep track of in the coming days. Here’s a quick glance at all the deadlines:

  1. Discussion post due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
  2. Last week’s audio homework due by start of class Monday.
  3. Profile draft due by midnight Monday.
  4. Discussion feedback due by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
  5. Person description homework assignment due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
  6. Third blog post due by noon Friday.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Feedback on first blog items; draft format

Please check your team’s blog page for my feedback on the first blog items. You’ll see UGA II made a big jump in the standings this week. (I can hear Caleb celebrating from here.)

Also, a couple notes on your drafts, due by midnight Monday in a Google doc:

  • When speaking with sources remember to identify yourself as “a student journalist working on a class assignment that could be published by a professional media outlet.” Sources need to understand that they could see whatever they give you in print.
  • The draft does not have to be in a specific format. Write it in whatever style works best for you. I realize everyone has a different writing process and therefore a different personalized draft format. Maybe that’s a nearly complete version of your final story. Maybe it’s a detailed outline. Whatever it is, it needs to show me what information you’ve gathered, what sources you’ve contacted, what you think your primary angle and lede will be, and what you think you have left to report.  The more you give me, the better feedback I can give you, and the closer you’ll be to your final version.

Please let me know if you have questions.

Feedback on practice budget lines

Overall, everyone did well with the practice budget lines. Below is some general feedback to help guide you as you write your profile budget lines, due to me via email by midnight. Please email me with questions if you have them.
  • Address the “why now” and “why should I care” immediately and directly.
  • Flavor the budget line with a few details, even a short anecdote, that make this person’s story interesting and different.
  • Include necessary context, but don’t get lost in detailed background information or explanations.
  • You’re trying to pack a lot of information in two or three sentences. But resist the temptation to write run-on sentences.
  • Consider what you would tell your mom, roommate, best friend, etc., about this story. What is it about? Why are you writing it? What do you like about it? Your budget line lies within your answers.