Specialty Stories What’s Your Specialty? Publications now have specialty areas and specialized beats. Let’s look at them!
Science/Health Writing • Publications can look at current science and health issues • This might include physical or mental health issues relevant to teens (p. 59). What are other health issues relevant to you? • Must be treated with utmost care, as people get information from news
Science/Health Writing • Make sure you know what you are writing about!
Science/Health Writing • Understand the topic before you interview your source • Interview a professional (of course) • In an interview, keep double-checking to see that you understand the topic • Give a face to the issue—give life to the story! • Use analogies, anecdotes, examples, and metaphors
Academic Writing • It’s about what is going on in the classroom • What could coverage include? (p. 62) • Often related to a recent event • Again, give a face to the issue!
Death Coverage • We have to remain objective—unless this is an editorial, or opinion section about the deceased • Include accurate full name, facts, age, cause of death, biographical details, survivors, date, time, place of funeral, and memorials • Can include anecdotes, quotes surrounding life
Advance Stories • Give notice of an upcoming event, like a meeting, sporting event, assembly, dance, etc. • These could be a feature or a news story
Follow-Up Story • Reports on an event after it takes place • Choose an angle, but this is related to how much time has passed since the event
Civic or Public Journalism • Media doesn’t only cover the community; it is a part of it • We have a stake in the well-being of the community around us • Civic journalists believe they must do more than report on a problem; they must stir public conversation and problem-solving • Work to frame issues in ways that promote understanding and compromise • What are issues you could cover?
Activity Time! • Get into a group and start brainstorming ideas of what to cover in one of the areas of specialty we discussed today. • What is the topic? • What is the angle you might take? • How could you cover it accurately and informatively? • Could you cover it in a civic manner; that is, encourage problem-solving (if it is a problem)?