Jour 203-BDP

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


Read the following six news stories and identify each lead as ‘summary’ or ‘soft’ (in a new blog entry). After identifying them, change each lead to its opposite (summary to soft; soft to summary) using information from the article. DEADLINE: Wednesday (10/25/06) 5pm. Hard news lead. Five foot three Sarah Shoe stands in the loan office, holding tangible evidence of her success in obtaining a student loan. Shoe, a second year at Stanford University, is unable to afford the pricey tuition and has resorted taking out loans. However this may be the last time Shoe ever has to step foot in a loan office…
*I made up the article content because the New York Times article was inaccessible without registering! Soft news lead. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, white families are three times more likely than their black counterpart to seek state help in resolving insurance disputes. Soft news lead. Swedish businessman Bo Stefan Eriksson is facing charges for having crashed a red Ferrari while under the influence and embezzled a black Ferrari and Mercedes to the United States. Hard News lead. Snoop Dogg has been wowing teenage audiences with his flashy “bling” and controversial rap lyrics for over ten years. However airport employees were far from star struck when Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was discovered with a 21-inch collapsible baton as he boarded a New York flight. Hard News lead. Freedom of the press is a luxury that many countries do not possess. According to the group Reporters Without Borders Mauritania and Haiti are less repressive than ever before and improved their record in global press freedom. Alarmingly, France, the United States, and Japan slipped further down on the scale of 168 countries rated. Soft news lead. Schools across the nation are expecting students to read textbooks a grade above their reading level and some required reading may be too difficult for even adults to read.


Blogger Journalism 203 @ CPU said...

Grade: 10/10
+2 for meeting deadline

6:18 PM  

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