As a St. Patrick’s Day treat to the class, Professor Crowe cancelled the quiz that was originally planned. She then explained to us that the only way to make sure that the class would actually read the text in chapter 8 is if she told us we were to be quizzed on the material. Her plan worked.
Minutes later, we reviewed the material covered in chapter 8 through a powerpoint entitled “Reading and Writing for the Web” by Amy Ersman. The powerpoint entailed the ways in which the layout of newspapers differs from that of news on the web. The “F” shape way readers scan text is among one of the many things explained in the powerpoint. Other things we discussed include the need for news on the web to be short, concise and bold. By following such rules, the journalist makes reading easier for the audience. Aside from the importance of short text, the powerpoint also explained the significance of links and pictures as well.
Once the powerpoint was over, Professor Crowe made us work individually on our journalism skills by practicing headlines. Our topic of the day was to write headlines involving the dangers of eating and driving, according to Geico.
Our homework assignment is to cut out three stories from a newspaper so that we can write three headlines per story (each no longer than five words) and then write one small blurb (3 sentences), per story.
Also, there will be a quiz tomorrow on Ch 8 and current events.
Hope you all had a great weekend!