News Writing Short Course

Thu, June 25, 20099:00 AM

ONF News Writing Short Course

Thurs.-Fri., June 25-26  •  9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
OPA Headquarters, 3601 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City

Provided by Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation
Raymond and Mildred Fields Memorial Fund Educational Series


REPORTING AND WRITING TECHNIQUES: Discuss the fundamentals of reporting and writing including strong leads and story organization.

THE ART OF INTERVIEWING: Learn how to interview sources, gather background information, handle quotes and off-the-record information.

FEATURE WRITING: Report the human interest stories with a storyteller’s flair. Learn to write feature stories in a well-organized, compelling way that immediately grabs the reader’s attention.

YOU AND THE LAW: What you must know about libel, privilege, grand juries, open meetings and open records laws.

Registration Fee:  only $45 for two days of training!

Class size limited to 16. The class will travel/carpool 1.5 miles to Metro Technology Center at the end of day one for a writing exercise in a computer lab. Lunch is on your own. Several restaurants are nearby, within short walking or driving distance.


DR. TERRY CLARK: Dr. Clark, chairman of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Central Oklahoma, has taught thousands of future journalists at Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma. He also conducts workshops on writing, Open Meeting and Open Records Act, and layout and design around the state for member newspapers of the Oklahoma Press Association.

DR. MARK HANEBUTT: Dr. Hanebutt is a professor at the University of Central Oklahoma who has more than 30 years if experience in journalism and professional writing. He worked for newspapers in Indiana and Florida, including the Orlando Sentinel, as a reporter and editor.

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