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Intro to journalism 1/13

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Today we talked about columns and how they’re different from editorials. The biggest difference is that you can use the ‘I’ voice in a column. I pulled the column from when I was in high school, which I have referenced in the past, criticizing a teacher’s methods. We discussed this column and all the things that it did well.

I did mention that the worst thing a columnist on a high school paper can do is a hit and run column their senior year in the last issue, where they attack a person and don’t give them a chance to respond.

Columns, just like stories, should give any potential targets of criticism the chance to respond prior to publication.

I also handed out an example column about the use of social media and business, and an example of a well written editorial from the Gazette. These are just to provide you with models of well written stories in those journalism styles as you prepare to write your own editorial. The column that I handed out did have some problems. It only used anecdotal evidence and did not interview anyone, but by identifying those problems my hope is you will write a better column during heck week.

Finally we came up with a list of different types of columns:

  • Technology
  • Animal
  • Advice
  • Family
  • Entertainment
  • Sports
  • Politics

That was the list we came up with in class, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Columns can be about almost anything that you feel strongly and want to write about.

Tomorrow will be a work day in 215 to do some background or write your editorial.


Written by CRWashPhillips

January 13, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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