"State of the Union" News Brief Writing Activity

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Jill Hopke
DePaul University

This is an example writing news brief writing activity, used in the second week of an "Introduction to Journalism" undergraduate news reporting course. Students are provided with a set of facts and instructed to write a short news brief applying the inverted pyramid story structure. This activity can be adapted with facts related to whatever is a current major news story, such as in this case President Obama's final State of the Union address in 2016.