Exercises

EXERCISE W14-1

 

Choose a recent issue in the news.  Find two opinion pieces from different news organizations that focus on that issue.  Answer the following questions:

 

a.  Does one of the pieces seem more helpful to you in understanding the issue, suggesting a solution or seeking causes behind any problems involved?  If so, which one and why?  If not, why not?

 

b.  For each, has the author done any original reporting for the piece?  How can you tell?  What clues do you have that the author is well-read about the subject?

 

c.  How much context does each piece offer about the issue—that is, how much does each author provide background, history or information about related issues?

 

d.  Does either opinion piece include a call to action? 

 

EXERCISE W14-2

 

Go to one of the blogs or websites suggested here.  Read three posts by the same author and answer the following questions:

 

a.  What is the general topic of this writer's blog?  Judging from the three posts you’ve read, does there seem to be a particular angle on that subject?

 

b.  What is the writer’s expertise or background?  Is this writer an authority on the subject?  Why do you say so?

 

c.  For each of the posts, describe the writer’s purpose, evidence and takeaway.

 

EXERCISE W14-3

 

If you wanted to explain to your friend the difference between news and commentary/opinion, what points would you be sure to make?  Write a 250- to 400-word description of what you'd say.  Be sure to provide some evidence and reason for your point of view.

 

EXERCISE W14-4

 

Write a 250- to 400-word blog post related to a news story you’ve written or are working on.  Make sure that your post has a purpose, evidence and a takeaway.

 

Chapter 14
 

IMHO:

EXPRESSING YOUR OPINIONS AS A JOURNALIST

 

Examples

Exercises