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I need help to write a news report on an earthquakeI have an assignment due this friday...

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joyllipoplol | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:04 AM via web

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I need help to write a news report on an earthquake

I have an assignment due this friday that pretend i am a news reporter and that u have just received a word of an earthquake, prepare a news feed  for a local news program.

Pls help i badly need help with the introduction 

thx:)

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:23 PM (Answer #2)

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It might be helpful for you to read some actual news article introductions. Generally, a news article will jump right in. They tend to start with the where and when part of the story. The introduction should say that there has been an earthquake and state the general area where said earthquake occurred. Leave the specifics for your body paragraphs. The simple fact that there was an earthquake should be sufficent to draw your reader in. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 24, 2012 at 2:07 PM (Answer #3)

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But it sounds like this is not really an article but rather a TV news story.  In that case, you need to sound dramatic.  You need to pick some individual, perhaps, and lead with "At 6 AM, Person X was in the middle of her morning routine..."  Then you cut to an interview with her and she starts talking about how her walls started shaking or whatever.  That will be a bit dramatic the way TV news likes to be.

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM (Answer #4)

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The key words are "This just in".

Have someone introduce you, since it is often it is the anchorperson who directs the viewers towards the "breaking news", and that is where you will be able to sort of break the ice with the viewers. Imitate the guys from the weather channel; they are usually right at the epicenter of the action. Hence, use a background showing smoke, or "Earthquake 2012", or something that illustrates the problem. Look scared, hold on to your microphone prop, and just describe what you see--particularly the people, children, and homes that have been affected. Start by saying "This just in" and just work your magic through.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 25, 2012 at 3:08 PM (Answer #5)

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As the others have mentioned, creating a sene of immediacy is important.  "I am standing here where moments ago,....." Always, a testimonial from an eye witness is important.  Journalism "hooks" the reader/viewer and gives the important facts all at the beginning-inverted pyramid format.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM (Answer #6)

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For another approach, imagine yourself standing outside a shelter where persons whose homes have been destroyed are now being housed or near a first aid clinic where those who have been wounded are receiving treatment. Your report could include first estimates of the number of buildings destroyed or damaged, predictions about the amount of money that may be needed to repair the damages, and so on.

You could include public information and directions - tell your listeners which highways or streets are impassable due to damage from the earthquake, remind them of the curfew hours that the government has imposed to limit looting, give the locations of shelters and the centralized contact information to be used by people trying to locate someone who has been separated and lost from family or friends.

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joyllipoplol | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:35 AM (Answer #7)

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If I was standing in the area where the earthquake happened how do i create the background for the film?

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