Communication Studies 211A:
Beginning Newswriting and Reporting
Background and Sources Assignment
Time for more analysis of a news
story, but this time we will be analyzing the reporting rather than the writing.
Once you've read one of these stories,
answer the following questions. This assignment is due at the beginning of the
next class period:
- In your opinion, what layer
of reporting is present in your story?
- What kind of prereporting
(education, general knowledge, reading, etc.) do you think the reporter had
to have before even starting to work on this particular story?
- What are the physical sources
the reporter has relied on in writing this story (Sometimes physical sources
are not specifically identified; if not, give your best guess as to where
the reporter might have gotten the information.)
- Who are the human sources
upon which the reporter has relied?
- How much use does the reporter
make of his/her own observations in the story?