news reporting and writing

convergent journalism is a new trend
FALSE

today’s journalists do not have as many deadlines for preparing news as they used to
FALSE

journalists need to monitor bloggers, tweets and other readers input to stay on top of breaking news
TRUE

journalists today need to become comfortable with a wide range of technologies
TRUE

the term attribution refers to the number of readers or viewers of a given story
FALSE

the first amendment of the US constitution guarantees press freedom from government control
TRUE

blogging is one element of what is termed “user-generated content”
TRUE

one reason convergence has happened is that the large media companies are buying up the smaller ones
TRUE

greater internet bandwidth has had no impact on convergence
FALSE

one of the new media’s defining moments was live coverage and immediate audience input during the 9/11 attacks
TRUE

what are the 5 w’s
who, what, where, when, why

a key role of journalists is to inform the public and help them make good decisions
true

television news is the best new medium for exploring complex topics
false

determining if something is newsworthy to be covered depends on
what medium-tv, radio, print or internet- you are writing for. how much space and time you have to present the story. knowing if and how a given story has been covered by another news outlet

editorial judgement also sometimes called new judgement involvles determining if a story is worthy of coverage
true

the news value of “impact” means that it is important to cover stories about well-known people
false

the news value of proximity refers to how many people in your audience are affected by an event
false

the statesboro herald, the george-anne and the slyvania telephone would be considered agenda setting media
false

one aspect of newspaper journalism that has changed recently is the return to greater coverage of local events and opinion
true

if a competing media outlet in your town reports an important story before you do, your response should be
run your version of the story, updated with new information

using email to conduct an interview is never a good idea
false

when conducting an interview you should ask
a mix of open ended and closed ended questions

plagiarism can be a problem for journalists. it is, in fact, a firing offense. one of the most common forms of plagiarism journalists commit if failing to cite their sources from internet research
true

a large number of news stories are based on press releases
true

police records, court records and property records are not good reliable sources of information for stories
false

recorders should not be used in interview situations
false

email interviews are sometimes the only viable way to get information. they are good because
sometimes people do not speak your language and email makes them able to better organize their thoughts. distance time zones sometimes make telephone or face to face interviews very difficult

what does the term open-ended question mean?
a question that allows the interviewee to talk at a length on a subject

when conducting an interview you should
focus on the subject’s major points. listen for and write down good quotes

what is meant by the invisible web.
web sites like databases within universities and government that do not show up on ordinary google searches

to paraphrase is to reword a quote without changing the meaning
true

a delated lead summarizes what happened, but hold specific information for later grafs
true

multiple element stories have more than one important or interesting angle. when writing a multiple element story, the reporter chooses one of those angles and does not mention the others.
false

the body copy of a news story is:
the text that comes after the lead and the nut graf- if there is a nut graf

when quoting an interviewee the reporter must:
use the exact words of the interviewee

one of the benefits of the delayed leads is that it allows the reporter to easily update the story as more facts are known
false

very few news stories reporters write for newspapers are hard news
false

at any point in a news story, the information already presented is
more important than what follows

its best to write two stories if a multiple element story contains more than two main themes
true

a delayed lead is also known as
a feature lead and soft lead

when a story is more interesting or unusual than important, it is most likely treated as a feature rather than hard news
true

descriptive feature leads paint a sensory picture for the reader that gives a sense of what the person or event is like
true

nearly all feature leads are followed by a nut graf
true

an anecdotal lead is one where the writer opens with only statistical information
false

the most often used structure for feature stories was originated by the denver post
false

a short, usually funny or happy feature is known as a
brite

an anecdotal lead is one in which the writer opens a short example or story
true

a trend story is about
changes occurring in society

a personality profile gives the reader a glimpse into the life of an interesting or unusual person
true

human interest stories about how people deal with life changing events
true

headlines for online news stories should longer than for print stories
false

a blurb goes between the headline and lead and should offer more information than the headline
true

sometimes online stories need to be broken into smaller blocks of text. one way to do that is to use blurbs
false

long lists of items like names can be simplified by using bullet points
true

the use of hyperlinks should be avoided in online stories
false

a subhead is a short phrase that helps break the story into bite-sized chunks.
true

a blog, as used by a reporter, is used to provide the back-story to the news
true

shovelware is copy generated for print that is placed online without any modification.
true

it is appropriate to use hyperlinks in an online story to provide definitions for unusual or obscure terms
true

hyperlinks should be worked into online copy smoothly so they flow with the story. i.e.; avoid the use of phrases like, “click here”
true