Troy University Broadcast News Writing Assignment

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You are to re-write the following news stories for broadcast. You will turn in five different typed sheets of paper with one story on each page. Three points will automatically be counted against you if your lead sentences are not written in present, present-perfect, or future tense. Also, one point will be counted against you for not following instructions, for each incorrectly spelled word, grammatical error, and broadcast news writing style error. Please refer to the Writing for Broadcasting Tips section in the Modules section (Course Documents) of Canvas. Your stories must not exceed five sentences each. EACH WORD IN ALL OF YOUR STORIES MUST BE TYPED IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS AND EACH LINE OF YOUR STORIES MUST BE DOUBLE-SPACED.

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Each story must have a heading like the following example:

EXAMPLE–

Slug of story (e.g., House Fire)

Your name

JRN 3360

January 23, 2019

REMEMBER: You are writing for broadcast, not print. You do not have a dateline but you must mention the name of the city in the lead sentence. Local is not the name of a city.

NOTE: This is a news writing exercise. These are not true stories.

Story #1—You are a news writer for a Meridian, Mississippi radio station.

3 MERIDIAN RESIDENTS WERE ARRESTED TODAY FOR ALLEGEDLY ROBBING A LOCAL CONVENIENCE STORE. SETH MORGAN, 33, ASHLEY WILLETT, 31, AND LISA WARREN, 25, WERE PICKED UP BY POLICE AFTER RUNNING OUT OF THE SWIFTY MARKET ON PIKE HIGHWAY. THE THREE MADE OFF WITH $300 IN CASH, TWO CASES OF BEER, AND TWO BOXES OF HOSTESS TWINKIES. HOWEVER, POLICE RECOVERED ALL OF THE CASH AND SOME OF THE BEER. ALL 3 SUSPECTS ARE TEACHERS AT MERIDIAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. THEY WERE RELEASED FROM JAIL AFTER POSTING BONDS OF $10,000 EACH.

Story #2—You are a news writer for a Memphis, Tennessee radio station.

A MEMPHIS MINISTER TODAY OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED HE IS RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR OF TENNESSEE. DEMOCRAT GRADY BARNES, 45, TOLD REPORTERS AT A NEWS CONFERENCE THAT HE BELIEVES HE WILL BE ABLE TO WIN THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY IN MAY AND THE GENERAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER. BARNES HAS NEVER HELD POLITICAL OFFICE. HE IS MINISTER OF THE MEMPHIS FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AND IS A PAST MEMBER OF THE NEO-NAZIS OF AMERICA.

Story #3—You are a news writer for a Hartford, Connecticut radio station.

THE PRESIDENT OF HARTFORD COMMUNITY COLLEGE WAS KILLED IN A SINGLE VEHICLE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT THIS MORNING. HARTFORD POLICE SPOKESMAN JACOB DUDLEY SAYS BETTY CAMPBELL, 43, WAS DRIVING HER 2016 BMW ON HWY 3 WHEN SHE RAN HER CAR OFF THE ROAD AND STRUCK A UTILITY POLE. DUDLEY SAYS IT APPEARS CAMPBELL FELL ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL BEFORE CRASHING HER VEHICLE.

Story #4—You are a news writer for a Hollywood, California radio station.

A HOLLYWOOD COUPLE ANNOUNCED TODAY THEY ARE DIVORCING AFTER 4 MONTHS OF MARRIAGE. ROBERT MELTON, 36, AND JILL BROKER, 24, SAID THEIR MARRIAGE WAS A MISTAKE FROM THE BEGINNING. THEY BOTH CLAIM THEY WILL REMAIN FRIENDS BUT WILL NEVER WORK TOGETHER AGAIN. MELTON AND BROKER STARTED DATING WHEN THEY CO-STARRED IN THE ROMANTIC COMEDY, ONE TROY.

Story #5—You are a news writer for a Columbus, Ohio radio station.

COLUMBUS MAYOR ANGELA WINSTEAD RESIGNED FROM OFFICE TODAY AMID REPORTS THAT SHE HAS BEEN HAVING AN AFFAIR WITH HER ASSISTANT. WINSTEAD, 52, DENIES THE ALLEGATIONS BUT INSISTS THAT HER ASSISTANT, WILLIAM CROSSFIELD, 23, HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAITHFUL EMPLOYEE OF HERS. HE HAS BEEN ON HER STAFF FOR 2 WEEKS. VICE MAYOR JOSH FULTON WILL TAKE OVER AS MAYOR UNTIL A SPECIAL ELECTION IS HELD IN JULY.

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