Is Assange’s Arrest A Threat To The Free Press? News Summary


1.You will submit a 150-200-word summary [not a copy] of a news story from any reputable state or national news source in print, on radio, on TV, or online. Use Times New Roman, 12-pt. type, double-spaced.

The story will be about the intersection of media and the First Amendment in the United States

—no stories from foreign countries. Not part of the 150-200 words will be a description of where you found this news item (

N.Y. Times, CNN

on TV, etc.),

the title of the story, the date, and URL

, if applicable, although I need to have this info. Just don’t count these words toward you 150-200 range. The story must appear in the news media during

April 7, 2019—April 12, 2019.

In addition to the summary of the story, I’m looking for any insights you might have on why this is an important case or issue and any implications for journalists, organizations, the media in general, corporations, etc. Remember: If your story has nothing to do with the

First Amendment or nothing to do with the media, it will count as a zero. The story must include BOTH.

2. Writing newscast teases is one of the most important jobs in keeping your audience tuned to your program for the entire time. A tease should be short and not reveal the whole story. If that were the case, then your audience would turn the channel after hearing the tease. You wish to tease your audience by not giving all the details of the story. Keep the audience guessing or hanging on.

Below you will find ten story leads. These are not all factual stories. You are to write a tease for each story.

Write your teases in present, present-perfect or future tense.

Three points will be counted off for each tease written in past tense.

Story Leads:

  1. A Tennessee death row inmate becomes the first US prisoner in five years to be executed by the electric chair.
  2. A California teenager wins $10,000 in the National Spelling Bee by correctly spelling,Vivisepulture, which means to bury alive.
  3. Two Troy seventh graders, walking to school, are killed by a hit-and-run driver.
  4. A Chicago woman becomes the first blind person to win a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.
  5. Quarterback Caleb Barker becomes the first Troy University Trojan ever to become the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick, by signing with the Tennessee Titans.
  6. Four teenagers are arrested for holding up a branch of Regions Bank in Troy.
  7. Troy University football coach Chip Lindsey is hired as the new head coach at Notre Dame University.
  8. The City of Troy announces plans to build a multi-million dollar international airport with flights leaving daily for New York and Mexico City.
  9. Republican challenger Bradley Byrne shocks Alabama by defeating incumbent US Senator Doug Jones in the general election.
  10. The plastic head of the Troy University athletic mascot is stolen and discovered in a tree on the Sigma Chi fraternity lawn.

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