Chapter 5: Advancing the story: Advances and second-day stories

What kind of content do you produce in between games? We’ll talk more about feature stories in a couple of weeks with the profile and next semester in multiplatform, but the other key kind of story to think about are advances and second-day stories. Advances tell the story of the factors likely to matter in the upcoming game, while second-day stories tell us what we learned about the team or teams in their previous contests. This is a key opportunity to exercise
news judgment
: using your best analysis of the information you have to discern what readers and viewers ought to know about the team. This isn’t your best take; it’s your best analysis.

Advances calendar
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Class
Chapter
Content
Date
1
Homework
Advances
Readings, lectures, quiz
2/28/2021
2
Homework
Advances
Homework 1
3/1/2021
3
Class 14
Advances
Discussing advances
3/2/2021
4
Homework
Advances
Homework 2
3/3/2021
5
Class 15
Advances
Discussing advances
3/4/2021
6
Field Assignment
Advances
Interviews with UGA track and field coaches and athletes
3/4/2021
7
Field Assignment
Advances
Interviews with UGA track and field coaches and athletes
3/5/2021
8
Field Assignment
Advances
Written story due
3/7/2021
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Background

Readings

Gisondi, Chapter 3 (Getting the Most Out of an Interview)

Lectures

(sorry, I recorded these during a rainstorm while my daughter was at swim practice and I was waiting outside in the car.)
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Quiz

Can be found
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Advances homework 1

Find an advance for an upcoming local game, from the
, the
, the
or the
. Write a short post to the ch5_advances channel for your instructor explaining what the writer sees as the key factors for the upcoming game, what evidence the writer provides, and what you would have written differently about the game.

Advances homework 2

Look at stories, stats, and results from the UGA baseball team’s most recent games and those of the team’s next weekend opponent. Write up a 400-word advance for the game focusing on which players or team stats you think are most likely to be crucial to the outcome of the game. Post to your instructor’s ch5_myadvance channel.

Field assignment

You will be interviewing coaches and athletes from the UGA track teams in either a socially-distanced format or via Zoom prior to the NCAA indoor championships. Both teams are doing quite well, with the men ranking in the top 10 through the season and the women ranked third. Right now 17 UGA men and 16 women have qualified for the indoor championships. Exact times have not been determined, but availability will be sometime March 4-5.

From these interviews, you will write a 500-word story previewing the NCAA indoor championships due by 11:59pm March 7. You can choose whether to focus on a single individual, a group of athletes perhaps in the same event or discipline (i.e. sprints, middle distance, throws, jumps, multi-events), or the teams as a whole. Instructors will consider whether stories are strong enough to pitch to Georgia publications or publications in athletes’ home communities.

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