Electronic Media Writing
These are some of the assignments I had to do in my sophomore year class of Electronic Media Writing at Champlain College This class really made me start thinking about the news industry and how I might want to work in some part of it along the line. This was the first practice I got in writing scripts and packages. Majority of the writing aspects I learned in this class I have been using everyday in my internship.
This was a a part of my final project for my class. I had to come up with a short commercial. This was important to learn again how to write in this format but also to get a message to viewers using words, sounds, and pictures.
Four Page Script
For this assignment I was asked to write a four page script of a package. I chose to do one with a partner on Champlain College's Theater production of Serial Lovers. I used their rehearsals and show to create a story
This was a group project that I worked on. We were given a word (grasshopper) and asked to create a commercial with it. We created this new candy and then wrote up or drafted a commercial for it. This was just more practice for writing stories in this format.
Rough Draft of Final
This was the rough draft of my final project. I had to come up with a short commercial. This was important to learn again how to write in this format but also to get a message to viewers using words, sounds, and pictures.
This assignment was extra credit, but I did a short story on the Champlain College theater group and some of the challenges they face during their fall production. This was just some more practice with writing stories in an electronic news format.
This specific assignment was all about putting stories in order for the lineup that night. This is something that I see the anchors and producers do everyday at the station. It's an important aspect of the news, and although it can change at the last minute due to technical difficulties it is always good practice.
This assignment I learned how to write both an intro and a package for the news. Including all the necessary information for directors and producers needs.
Ancient Anchor Found
This assignment was all about taking a press release and rewriting it be read on the news. This is the first practice I got with writing for the news, and I apply it at my internship now.
This story I learned how to write for an anchor to introduce a story and then have the reporter who is live or has pre-recorded a story to then be aired. It is all about switching cameras and getting information to directors and producers to roll a story.
This assignment was one we had to do for the Radio. It's important to learn how reporting for the radio is different from the news because the audience won't be seeing images as you talk-so it's important to include very descriptive language.
This assignment taught me how an anchor might read a line before the network or station goes into a commercial break. It is a way to still give audiences what they want-the news before getting the much needed and paid for advertising.
Below are two of the first stories I ever wrote in a journalistic way. Both stories were assignments for my sophomore year journalism class at Champlain College.
This was a story I wrote all about the Women's Rugby team at Champlain College. Although the team has changed greatly since I wrote this piece, it is still a great showcase of my interview skills and my ability to compose a story for print.
For this story, I was fortunate enough to interview Pierre Hardy, a Canadian muralist who painted the huge mural in downtown Burlington Vermont.