The Record will host a free workshop at RVCC this summer to train interested contributors. The workshop will take place Wednesdays, July 15-July 29, 9:30-11:00 am.
The workshop is aimed toward current and prospective RVCC students interested in contributing to The Record and public relations officers of student clubs/organizations.
Each class will be split into three parts. The first will go over evaluating the news and how The Record operates (approximately 30 min). The second will go over grammar, reporting and the structure of news articles (approximately 45 min).
During the third, a feature article will be assigned to students and they will be guided on writing it (approximately 15 min). The topics for the articles are diverse and will be published in The Record. The deadlines for articles are at the end of the summer.
By the end of this workshop, participants will learn how to:
- Critically analyze the news
- Structure a news article
- Write copy
- Gather information
- Conduct interviews
- Write a news article following the The Record’s style
- Use WordPress
- Send information through social media and newsletters
Students can fill out this survey to request another time to hold the workshop if they are interested in attend but busy on the current schedule.
July 15: Getting familiar
Operation: Introduction to the workshop and The Record; the advantage of online news; the importance of local news
Writing: Leads; quotes; inverted pyramid; event article vs. idea article
Story: Explanation of summer articles
July 22: The tools of operation and gathering information
Operation: Using WordPress, hyperlinks, photos and videos
Writing: Reporting, interviews and gathering information; style; accuracy; hand out grammar exercise
Story: Assign articles; start work on articles
June 29: Building an audience and grammar
Operation: Social media; email newsletters
Story: Discuss how to approach assigned articles; what information needs to be gathered for assigned articles