Ms. Gokturk


The News Story Writing Assignment


YOUR TASK: Write a news story about something that happened within the last few days.   You should be able to quote the sources.   [You may choose a scene from a movies or TV show, but you may not write about something you read about or watched in the news.  Please type your story double spaced.]



Grading Standard for a Hard News Story:

Quality of lead: clarity, focus, engaging, completeness

Quality of Inverted Pyramid: passes the “cut off test”

Quality of reporting: fairness, accuracy, balance, completeness : primary, secondary, and professional/authority sources have been interviewed

Style: conciseness, active verbs, concrete nouns, telling details, readability

Editing: spelling, punctuation, capitalization, adherence to newspaper conventions