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Intro to journalism 9/15

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Today we discussed active vs. passive voice in journalistic writing. Generally you’ll try to use only active voice in articles, but I brought it up now because the sports stories that you’re writing this week will (hopefully) be action packed and allow you to use a lot of verbs. This worksheet will help you understand passive vs. active sentence construction and keep it in mind as you write your sports story. If you have questions about active vs. passive voice please see Mr. Phillips. Any of your friendly Washington English teachers would also be able to help you differentiate between the two.

We spent the last part of class discussing sports stories in the national news now, and I gave most people a little time to read through the sports section of the Gazette or read some online articles that I printed off. Generally to find the day’s top sports story you can just log-on to and read what story they have on their front page. Another option is going to and clicking their sports section to see what’s making national headlines. If you’re looking for local sports news I’d recommend sticking to, which will often link to local news media covering stories in the area.

Finally I briefly examined the list from that went over 40 ideas for sports features, in case you’re still stuck on brainstorming. I’ve included a link to that list here.


Written by CRWashPhillips

September 15, 2010 at 11:39 am

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