MCOM356 Practice Feature Story #1 Spring 2018
Value: 50 points
Due: Monday, Feb. 12 through Blackboard submission before Tuesday, Feb. 13 class. Turn in Rubric before class on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
Any assignments submitted to Blackboard after midnight, Monday, Feb. 12 will be considered late and will be automatically lowered by one full grade. Late assignments will only be accepted up to 48 hours from the start of class on the due date.
This is a PRACTICE feature story so it is worth only half as many points as a regular feature story assignment. What does this mean? It is an opportunity for you to find out what I am looking for in your writing and how I grade without having so many points on the line. I will be looking for your best work and I expect your story to be of final draft quality.
This is a 600 word feature story that should fall under the broad topic of a lifestyles feature, specifically in any of the categories listed on the syllabus. You must interview two expert sources with credentials who are professionals. Do not interview friends or family.
Bonus if lede is Wall Street Journal formula with anecdote and nut graf 5
Feature story has narrow, focused angle 5
Story has action 5
Story uses anecdotes 5
Includes two expert sources with credentials 5
Correct word count at 600 words with word count stated at top left above byline 2.5
Byline bold and centered above story 2.5
All writing is in complete sentences. Do not include sentence fragments. 5
Includes at least three direct quotes that are strong, relevant, appropriately placed, correctly formatted. 5
There are attributions throughout. 2.5
Story flows smoothly with logical order of ideas 2.5
strong transitions from paragraph to paragraph 2.5
a strong closing (kicker) 2.5
No errors in fact, grammar or AP Style 5