Opinion writing exercise for journalism students

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Barbara Bullington
East Carolina University

This opinion writing exercise requires students to view an intriguing and controversial investigative broadcast news report. They are then asked to view an organization's negative response to the airing of this report. Students then write an opinion piece answering a very specific question about the news report, i.e. Was the report an example of responsible news reporting?

This exercise exposes students to a controversial news report and requires them to pay careful attention to the methods of reporting used within it. It also requires them to consider if the report is fair, balanced, objective and follows other reporting criteria learned earlier in the semester. Journalism students must then use supporting materials to strengthen the argument they will make in their opinion piece.