JOUR 2325 CRN 29239
Prize-winning Investigative Reporting
Due: 12:15 p.m., April 16
Submit: Please submit your paper to firstname.lastname@example.org
Writing Task: Go to Pulitzer Prize Investigative Reporting You’ll find that the headlines are hyperlinked to the prize-winning stories. Pick a story that interests you and read it. Then write a content analysis.
The following questions may help you think through your essay:
What is the story about?
What makes it a Pulitzer-winner?
Does it address a compelling, contemporary social issue?
How well was it written?
Was it tight and to the point or flabby and meandering?
What sources did they use?
What makes it investigative?
How difficult do you think the investigation was?
Do you think they missed anything in their investigation?
How would you do it differently?
What follow-ups do you think there could be after publication?
Have the publication or the reporters won Pulitzers before?
This assignment requires that you go beyond simply answering the questions above. You must engage in serious reflection.
You may conduct research or you may simply base this essay on your own thinking.
First, make a preliminary outline of your essay. Then write a first draft and revise it - at least once - for the final version you will turn in. (You need not submit the first draft.)
Proofread your essay to find typos, dropped words etc. You may also find that if you read your essay aloud, it will help you identify problem sentences, grammar and word choice.
Don’t depend on autocomplete or spellcheck. They are not your friends.
Minimum Content Requirements:
· If you include outside sources, you must use MLA style (You may use http://www.citationmachine.net/mla for help)
· Must include a thesis, arguments to support the thesis. Must also include a conclusion.
· Must follow the assignment topic
· Must be at minimum 800 words.
· Use complete sentences in writing your analysis.
· Must demonstrate critical thinking
· Must observe appropriate conventions (Spelling, punctuation, grammar)
Essays are due at the start of class. Any assignment turned in later than the deadline above (day and time) will be treated as a late submission. Essays submitted after the time designated above will be treated as one day late. Please note the policy outlined in the syllabus. Late essays
will receive 50% credit for up to one working day after it is due.
After this period, assignments will not be accepted, and the student will receive a zero.
- Make sure the title is related to the content.
- Use 12-point Times New Roman font. (Larger type sizes won’t make your essay seem longer.)
- Use 1-inch margins (no larger or smaller)
- Double-space the entire essay.
- Number all pages - except the first page - on the upper right hand corner of the page.
- Include a header with your name, class time, the date it is due.
Carefully cite each source you use in your essay. Avoid copying the research, ideas and words of others. Properly attribute all sources. For direct quotations, use quotation marks.
Papers that copy the research and words of others without properly attributing the source will be given a zero and cannot be redone.
If you can’t get started, if you get stuck or if you have other difficulties, contact the instructor for help. For writing help, consult the Writing Center in Thompson Hall.