Monthly Archives: October 2011

Assignment No. 6: Professional Top 5 web post

Write a web post—a professional post, not a personal blog entry. Outside of tight, clear, accurate writing, the key to a professional post is research and resourcefulness.  Choose one of the following topics: The top 5 activities in Honolulu for college … Continue reading

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Writing for the Web: Whiteboard Notes

Writing for the Web It’s healthy to remember that [web] users are selfish, lazy and ruthless.  –Jakob Nielsen Explicit, information-rich titles (not “clever” ones). If a reader were reading only your five to 10 words, would he or she know … Continue reading

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2011 10 31 In Class Exercise: Writing for the Web

What follows is a print story for a Tennessee newspaper.  It is not web friendly.  It would be interesting to rewrite this story for the web, but that would take you too much time for a class exercise. Do not … Continue reading

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Writing Assignment No. 5: Beyond the Inverted Pyramid

Writing Assignment No. 5 Do research and interviews and write a 750-word feature story on one of the following topics: The best housing option for HPU freshmen Problems in HPU student housing The difficulties of adjusting to college life for … Continue reading

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2011 10 17 Writing Workshop

Any time you draw attention to how you’ve said something instead of what you’ve said, your communication suffers.                                             … Continue reading

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2011 10 14 InClass Exercise

Rewrite with an anecdotal lead A number of District Judges are arguing that Honolulu’s handling of chronic drunken drivers in the justice system is flawed. “It’s a numbers game stacked against the victims,” said First District Court Judge David Choo. … Continue reading

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2011 10 10 Guest Speaker: Kam Napier

Gene Park told you what it’s like to be a contemporary newspaper reporter. Today Kam Napier is joining our classes today to talk about magazine journalism.  It’s rare that the busy editor of a major city magazine would take two … Continue reading

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Assignment No. 4

It’s Tuesday, October 11, 2011. You are making afternoon cop checks in the newsroom.   When you call the Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Kenison Tejada to see if there have been any fires, drownings or rescues, he tells you he heard … Continue reading

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Craigslist and Porch Raids: Inverted Pyramid Practice

Inverted Pyramid Exercise 1 The names, the dates and some of the details are fictional.  The situation is real. Jeremiah Masoli, 33, had his car stolen Saturday in Honolulu. He was searching Craigslist for another car. He saw an advertisement … Continue reading

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Paris Hilton and other leads

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT: Write a lead for these stories Exercise No. 1 Who: Paris Hilton When: Tuesday What: Was denied entry into Japan by Japanese immigration officials and flew back to America. How: Was detained for six hours in the Narita … Continue reading

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