Confessions of COMM 200

February 6, 2011

In Class on Thursday 2/3

Filed under: Uncategorized — confessionsofcomm200 @ 5:59 pm

I tried so hard to come up with a witty title for the blog post. I have failed you Comm 200

To the important stuff:

This past Thursday our class focused on quotes, attribution, and context. All very important for budding journalists, or those of you taking this course for funsies.

We were also assigned to hashtag the campus through twitter to support the latest endeavor of the Social Media Club and spent a little bit of time talking about that in class.

We read through parts of our text book, Inside Reporting, and reviewed all the important things to know about quoting someone, attributing the quote to them, AND the grammatically correct way to place the quote into your story. And we know always to remember to place the quote before the name, unless we’ve already done that and we want to shake things up a bit.

Next we had a small challenge:

Taking the chopped up bits of a story on the healthy eating habits of children and parents, we had to place them in the correct order. This proved to be a little harder than expected…or maybe it was just me…but placing a story in perfect order is an art we will all soon master.


Write a 600 word story on the following information:

  • As you drive through the flood-damaged mid-Hudson region, you see people standing in silt-strewn yards and waterlogged homes. You see road crews scrambling to open once-flooded roads.
  • It’s clear the weekend’s floods have produced tens of millions of dollars of damage .
  • A Call the the American Red Cross reveals to you that Red Cross workers across the region are trying to find motel rooms for scores of people unable to return home.
  • You learn from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has been occupied with a mammoth terrorism drill, that the agency expects backup teams from Texas to reach local flood zones tomorrow.
  • Bruce Kirkpatrick, Ulster County’s deputy director of emergency management, tells you: “Just in public infrastructure alone, we’re looking at millions. …And the human cost…How do you measure the human cost?”
  • You hear on the radio that Gov. George Pataki has officially declared Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties disaster areas, allowing the first stat disaster inspectors to arrive. They are surveying Myers Grove, a one-time summer community of bungalows and trailers in Deerpark, which was among the areas hardest hit. Damage assessments must be done before the governor can ask the president to declare the area a federal disaster area, which would clear the way for federal disaster relief and allow residents to apply for low-interest loans to rebuild homes. Officials hope to get a true measure of the devastation after state and federal disaster assessment teams tour flooded areas in two dozen counties in southern New York and western New Jersey.
  • Officials tell you it will take weeks or even months to repair washed-out roads and bridges.
  • It’s increasingly clear, officials say, that this weekend’s floods will set records. Already, this is what they tell you: (That’s how the paper was written)
  • The Neversink River reached the highest level recorded in Godeffroy since the U.S. Geological Survey began taking measurements there 68 years ago. The river crested just over it’s 100-year flood level-a measurement that federal officials set based on prior high-water years.
  • In Deerpark, at the intersection of the Neversink and Delaware rivers, officials say they expect to condemn 160 homes. the floods caused at least $24 millon in damage to that town alone, and Orange County spokesman tells you.

Review the “Nine Guidelines for Wording and Positioning Attributions” on Page 82 and 83 of your text book. Then, in each of the following sentences, identify and fix any attribution errors you find. If a sentence doesn’t include any errors, simply indicate this in the text box.


  1. “I saw people running. Then a big guy in a yellow hat swerved and smashed into me and I didn’t see anything else,” Szelensky said.
  2. “A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier,” H.L. Mencken, one of the most famous journalists of his time, said.
  3. “Don’t think of him as a Republican,” said Maria Shriver, who is married to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneggar. “Think of him as the man I love, and if that doesn’t work, think of him as the man who can crush you.”
  4. ” I don’t like ketchup on my eggs one bit,” Dorfman said. “I’m still waiting to her something that you do like,” Holland said.
  5. Michal Smythe, press representative for the company, said the cyclone had wiped our the corporate headquarters.
  6. For instance, former CNN reporter Peter Arnett said: I’m still in shock and awe at being fired.”
  7. “The power fo accurate observation is commonly called cynicism,” said George Bernard Shaw, “by those who have not got it.”
  8. Gilda Radner said, “I base my fashion taste on what doesn’t itch.”
  9. “Passion makes the world go round,” Ice T said. “Love just makes it a safer place,” he said.
  10. “Mistakes are part fo being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are; precious life lessons that can only be learned from,” wrote comedian A Franken in “Oh, the Things I Know!”
  11. “For the first time-and these are no longer rumors, or insinuations, these are proven scientific facts-someone has shown me that in 1999, (cyclist Lance) Armstrong had a banned substance celled EPO in his body,” Tour de France directory Jean-Marie Leblanc told the French newspaper L’Equipe. “When I gave those samples, there was noe EPO in those samples. I guarantee that,” Armstrong responded.

Be on the alert for a QUIZ next class!

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  1. Haely,
    I noticed you only had the front side of the assignment sheet reprinted here-just wanted to make sure you saw there was a back side for when you write your article.
    See you tomorrow,

    Comment by confessionsofcomm200 — February 7, 2011 @ 12:44 am | Reply

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