The News Writing class has been working on summary news leads, and I think they are beginning to chafe for something a little more exciting. So today I gave them an assignment that requires them to gather their own information to write a brief news release about an event on campus, like the Halloween organ concert and the Historians at the Movies series. Each student drew an assignment and is responsible for meeting with the contact person, conducting an interview, and writing the release for a Wednesday deadline.
Some students seemed a little apprehensive, but I think they were all eager for the chance to write something besides another set of summary leads from a worksheet. I'm looking forward to seeing their stories!