The Final Project is designed to culminate your knowledge of how to write and edit news stories for different media platforms that serve consumers in the area in which you live. The topic that you will focus on for each of the stories for the Final Project is the one that you presented in your Week One Assignment.The issue that you choose for the Final Projectmay notbe the same or linked to other issues or topics you will write about in other weeks of the course.
This Final Project requires you to tailor news stories for print broadcast and digital media. You will choose a topic that is current controversial and of national or international importance. You must choose real-world media outlets in your local area for which to write or script each story. Although you will not submit your story to the media outlets the assignment will require that you understand the organizations as well as the audiences that you are writing to and creating the broadcast scripts for. You arerequiredto include a list of media outlets and links to stories where you obtained information to rewrite or script each or your stories.
Topics and IssuesTo stimluate your critical thinking process regarding what topic to choose you should pay close attention to various national news outlets to include print broadcast and digital media. National news media are those which programs are available to people across the nation as opposed to being confined to the local area. The Ashford University Library has the following newspaper databases that may also be helpful: Newspaper Source Plus ProQuest Newsstand and Canadian Newsstand.
Writing the News StoryYou will write a news story for a print publication digital publication television broadcast and news radio broadcast. For the news story you must: