Individual Writing Assignment
People who write for the newspaper
are called reporters because they are reporting
on something that is happening in the community served. This
assignment asks you
to put on your reporter's hat and write a short essay (250-350
words) that captures
the essence of the panel SSMB panel discussion, Science + Art:
Environmental Message. I forgot mention earlier that is is an
individual (not a lab
This discussion fits nicely with "College Reads" topic this year
on water as well as
the requirement we have (from the College not from TR) this
semester to write a
letter to an elected official on an issue connecting science and
society. That is the
reason I took the time from the regular lab work so all of us
There a several good sources online
for writing general newspaper articles but not
everything in them applies to our situation today, so I have taken
page and distilled the part that apply to our assignment and added
a few comments.
Begin by asking yourself the “5W’s” (sometimes “6W’s”).
Who - who was involved?
What - what happened?
Where - where did it happen?
Why - why did it happen?
When - when did it happen?
How - how did it happen?
Compile all your facts. Once you can clearly answer the “5W’s” jot
down a list of
all the pertinent facts and information that needs to be included
in the article.
Organize your facts into three groups:
- those that need to be included in the article.
- those that are interesting but not vital.
- those that are related but not important to the purpose of
When writing a news article, interviewing people and getting a
first hand source on
your topic can be invaluable. Here you can use the questions from
the audience in
the same way. There will not be time to interview the participants
in any useful way.
Your article should have a title
(headline) and your full name should be in the
document either at the end or in the header.. Formatting. Use a
serif font such as
Times New Roman or similar in the 12 point size. Set your document
1-inch all around. The final document submitted by email should be
saved as a
".docx" type with the following naming convention: the docent name
with your last name, a space ant then the word article, for
You should send a document and not a link to your work in Google
Submit your article as an email
attachment to email@example.com with the email
SUBJECT beginning with the following "A130L". After
that beginning you can put
what you wish including nothing more. The reason for these
details and requirements is that when sent this way my system
4 copies of your submission in different places.
This assignment is due by 11:59 PM
EDT on Nov. 2, 2017.