CAREERS
     COURSES
     DEGREE INFO
     ONLINE LEARNING
     FACULTY
     HOME
   
 
   
   
   E-mail us

Journalism program:

rogerstbucks@gmail.com

Centurion:

centurion@bucks.edu
   
 

The Centurion

Centurion PDF archive

Deadlines for  Centurion articles


 
Bucks Journalism  Facebook Pages
 
Other Bucks FB Pages
 
 
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
   
 
   

Only search www.bucks.edu

 

Google News Search

 
   
  GET TOP STORIES FROM THE AP
   
   
   
 
Check the journalism calendar for due dates on assignments and info on upcoming events


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Town Government or School Board Story
 

Your assignment is to cover a government meeting in any local town or borough. This could include a meeting of a town council, zoning board, sewage commission, or even the school board or some other local government commission. Town meetings are listed in local newspapers, at www.buckscounty.org, or you can call local town government offices for a schedule.

With this story you must find an angle - i.e., the most important and/or interesting issue that comes up. Make that angle your lead. I don't want to see leads like "The Newtown Council met yesterday and discussed many important issues." That's not journalism. You must find a specific focus for your story. If a number of issues come up in your meeting, you can include them in your article. But try to pick one in particular for your lead.

You'll probably find that simply covering the meeting itself isn't enough. You will most likely have to interview people after the meeting for more details on the issue you're writing about. You may even have to make follow-up phone calls to the town officials involved, or to interview local residents who could be affected by the issue in question.

A tip: Get phone numbers from people you interview at the meeting so you can contact them later for more info.

REMEMBER: If you don't get enough information for your story from simply covering the meeting, you must do more reporting. I will not accept sketchy or incomplete stories simply because the meeting you covered was short and didn't provide much information.

These stories should be at least two-and-a-half typed pages (750 words) long. Stories should be double-spaced. Let me know what meeting you'll be covering.