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How can I write a newspaper article for the Maycomb newspaper, referring to the trial...

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erudite | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted March 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM via web

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How can I write a newspaper article for the Maycomb newspaper, referring to the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird, with an objective view to the case?

Any ideas? How can I write an article pretending that I am a journalist who has access to the black perspective and the white perspective?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 5, 2012 at 11:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Since you seem to want to maintain an objective viewpoint, just stick to the facts without adding the personal commentary that B. B. Underwood did in his editorial. Make sure to cover your Five "W"s and use ample quotations from Sheriff Tate, Bob, Mayella and Tom to add more substance to your story. To remain totally objective, you may want to eliminate any mention of the races--black and white--in your news story. For example:

Tom Robinson of Maycomb was convicted of the rape of Mayella Ewell yesterday during a one-day trial in the Maycomb County Courthouse. A jury unanimously found Robinson guilty of the November 21, 1934 attack on the 19-year-old Ewell, a resident of Maycomb. Judge John Taylor sentenced Robinson to death by electrocution. Robinson's attorney, Atticus Finch, said he would appeal.

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