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 Week 3 – News Story

Seeing is Believing

While we can easily become engaged in a print news story that is well-written and tailored for a specific audience, the ability of television to “show us” the news is something that has given it the edge over print news media for decades. Traditional radio also provides us with the “storytelling” aspect where we may find ourselves sitting in the car hanging on to every word of a great news story. This week, you will write a broadcast script for a television news story and for a radio news story. The television script and the radio script will both be designed for the delivery of a story that is 5 minutes in length.

Topic and Sources of Information: The issue that you choose to write about must be current and have some relevance for your local community, city, and/or state. You must derive the information for this story from print media only. You will need to read several print publications for mention of the story and take notes of the facts of the story from several national publications.

For this assignment you must:

  • Adhere to the Broadcast Script Template
  • Summarize facts and/or statistics that are relevant to the story
  • Develop the story for the local audience
  • Compare two opposing opinions about the topic
  • Provide proper attribution for all sources of information included (facts, statistics, images/video, and opinions).
  • Incorporate at least three visual elements to enhance the television story
  • Incorporate at least three indirect quotes (citing other sources) to enhance the radio story
  • A list of each of the sources must be included using the Media News Source Template

Saving Your Work: To maintain the formatting of your work, you are strongly encouraged to save your assignment as a PDF file. View Saving a Word Document as a PDF for steps on how to do this.

Check it! Your print news stories must be submitted through Grammarly and Turnitin prior to submission.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.


Television Broadcast Story Script

Broadcast Network: WTTM

Program Title: The Farm Report

Name: Teresa Taylor Moore Topic: Common Core

Time: 2 minutes

Radio Broadcast Story Script

Broadcast Network: WTTM

Program Title: The Farm Report

Topic: Common Core

Time: 90 seconds


Write a captivating lead for your story that will be no more than 15 seconds long. This lead should only be 2-3 sentences long and you should state the reporter’s name at the end; for this assignment that would be you (i.e. WTTM’s YOUR NAME reports) (:15s)


Here you will write the news story that will take up the remainder of the time for the 90 second broadcast. Remember to refer to the readings for tips on how to write news stories for radio. At the end of the report, you will state your name (i.e. For WTTM, I’m YOUR NAME) (:75s)

 Media News Source Template

Instructions: List each of the news media sources that you used for information in writing your own story. Each of the sources you used should be listed as in the examples below. Follow the assignment instructions for what sources you may consult. Add as many entries as you need and delete those entries that do not apply to the assignment instructions.


Name of the Station: WTTM

Name of the Program: 5 AM  Moring News

Name of the Reporter: Taylor Moore

Date: The date of the broadcast


Name of the Publication: Clarion-Ledger

Section of the Publication: Lifestyle

Title of the Story: Common Core Causes Concern

Reporter: Taylor Moore

Date: The date of the story


Name of the Publication: Mississippi Business Journal

Website Address: www.msbusiness.com

Title of the Story: What Common Core Means for Mississippi Businesses

Reporter: Taylor Moore

Date: Thedate of the story

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