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COM 325 3-2 Journal: Creating an Article Outline


Listen to the NPR interview of Sheri Fink and read the transcript. Use the readings and resources in this module to help craft an outline for a four-paragraph article (keeping in mind that paragraphs for journalistic writing are typically one to three sentences long) about Fink. This activity provides an opportunity to practice skills necessary for crafting an article and completing your final project in this course. Your outline should establish the structure of an article, keeping in mind organization, newsworthiness, credibility, and ethics.

In your outline, be sure to include the following:

  • Brief summary of the interview's subject and explanation of why it is newsworthy. When explaining why it is newsworthy, be sure to consider proximity, new information, and conflict.

  • Description of the key points and ideas discussed during the interview that would support the creation of an article.

  • A strong nut graph for the article. Make sure you justify the story (so readers know why they should care), provide a transition from the lead to the rest of the story, and include information for the reader on why the story is timely and important.

For additional details, please refer to the Module Three Journal Guidelines and Rubric document.

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