Communication Studies 211A:
Beginning Newswriting and Reporting
Bodies and Endings Assignment
Clip one news story of at least 500 words from any newspaper or from
our list of Internet news sources. Analyze the
body and ending of the story according to the guidelines set by Rich in
- Identify by circling and naming in the margin of the story the transition
techniques used by the writer.
- On a separate piece of paper, comment how well the writer does in maintaining
reader interest by using the techniques cited by Rich.
- Does the writer use a stylistic ending to close the story? Could the
story have been improved by resort to another closing device?
Submit your analysis with the stories attached. This assignment will
be due at the beginning of the next class period.