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Elizabeth Truesdell
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News Writing and Copy Editing

News Writing and Copy Editing

Elizabeth Truesdell of the Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu.

Elizabeth French Truesdell
English teacher/newspaper adviser
Kamehameha High School
Honolulu, Hawaii

Title: News Writing and Copy Editing

Description of School and Students This unit will be taught to a 10th- through 12th-grade newspaper production class in an urban, private, day and boarding high school of 1,800 students. The class has fewer than 20 English-speaking students of part-Hawaiian ethnicity.

Unit Overview and Rationale

In preparation to make story assignments, we will have a brief unit covering the highlights of reporting and assembling information into a story. Basic interviewing techniques, inverted pyramid story structure, the Dow Jones Newswire “spot story” format, The Wall Street Journal general feature model, and editorial/opinion model will be introduced. We also will discuss journalistic writing style of subject-verb-object and how to attribute quotes. This nuts-and-bolts unit will provide basic skills for the new staff members and serve as a review for returning staffers.

Unit Objectives

Understanding Goals


  Needs work Satisfactory Well Done
Thorough coverage of subject
1 2 3
4 5 6 7
8 9 10
Use of direct, indir. quotes
1 2
4 5
Journalistic writing style
1 2
4 5
TOTAL ______/20


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