Help is just a click away

If you haven’t explored the Resources page of this blog lately, you could be missing a bet.

For example, did you know you can download the pdf version of my PowerPoint presentation on broadcast writing? Could be a big help with this week’s broadcast writing assignments. For example, it will remind you that you’re supposed to use ALL CAPS when writing for broadcast.

You’ll find this link, along with a link to style rules for broadcast and a sample broadcast story, listed under “Broadcast” on the Resources page.

If you’re thinking of writing a review for your final magazine/multimedia project for this class, have you noticed that the Resources page includes a section on writing reviews?

You also might want to listen to one of America’s best storytellers, NPR’s Ira Glass, give his take on storytelling. You’ll find a link to that YouTube video listed under “Other Resources” … it’s just below the link to an excellent discussion of interviewing skills.

At the bottom of the Resources page you’ll find links to some interesting blogs. For example, if you check out Daniel Sato’s Photojournalism Blog (BTW, Sato is a JMC photojournalism grad), you’ll see that he’s just written a blog post that explains (and shows!) how to make your first map, using Mapnik or Google Maps.

Wouldn’t that make a fabulous “graphic extra” to accompany your final project for this class?


It’s “website” now

Big news: The Associated Press has changed “Web site” to “website.” Even better, AP “tweeted” the change. How trendy is that!

It’ll become official in the next edition of the AP Stylebook, which is due out in about a month, but you can start using “website” now.

Now if they’d just change e-mail to email, I’d be content.

Finding feature leads

This week I’ve asked you to find and identify two different types of feature leads. Please review “Leads that succeed” on pages 46-47 in our text before completing this assignment.

To help you get started, here are a few examples of news stories that open with feature-style leads:

Now let’s see what you can find.

Wordcamp SF

Those of you who are using WordPress blogs might want to consider attending WordCamp San Francisco, which will be held Saturday, May 1, at Mission Bay Conference Center (UCSF) in San Francisco.

It’s just $50 for a full day’s worth of program sessions on blogging, WordPress blogs, social media and such … plus a great BBQ lunch and plenty of swag, including a swell T-shirt. (BTW, I’ll be there.)

Here’s where to find out more.