Current Events Assignment – IMR

For Intro to Media and Reporting

Using credible online news sources linked on the blogroll, you are to identify the following:

– A current event on a global level

– A current event on a national level

– A current event on a state level

– A current event on a Dallas-Fort Worth/regional level

– A current event on a Coppell level (it can be CHS/CISD related)

For each event, you are to identify the 5 W’s and H (Who is involved in the story, What is happening, When is it taking place, Where is it taking place, Why did it happen, How is it newsworthy or relevant) and include the link to the site where you found the current event story. For the event to be considered a current event, your story must be no more than 24 hours old or the event must have occurred within the past 24 hours. You cannot use the same story more than once. Be specific.

DEADLINE: Start of class Monday, April 7. Save in the appropriate Google docs folder.



Being the second semester, the expectation is that Current Events assignments are done correctly and detailed. When reading a summary for an event, the reader should have a fairly complete understanding of the event, even without reading the story.

Here is an example of a Current Event summary receiving full credit:

Global-Japan officials defend dolphin hunting at Taiji Cove

Who– The local Taiji fishermen’s union catches and slaughters these dolphins in mass numbers.

What– The slaughter of bottlenose dolphins that occurs every year at a Japanese cove ended on Tuesday. Local officials think it is a traditional practice, but some people are arguing that is inhumane.

Where– The slaughter of dolphins started in a cove in Taiji, Japan.

Why- The Japanese look at the slaughter as a custom, just as hunting any other animal would be, but others disagree.

When– The slaughter finally ended on Tuesday, January 21.

How– Environmentalists support their claim by saying that the dolphins appeared bloody and had nothing to eat for four days while they were waiting to be slaughters.

Remember – each of the 5 W’s and an H should be different; do not restate essentially the same thing over and over
Who – Be specific who is involved in the story and remember it can be more than one person or groups of people

What – what exactly is happening in this story. Be specific
Where – where is it taking place. This should not be a state or a country; find the epicenter of the story and again, it can be more than one location
Why – what led to this event? Piece it together so that we know why this event happened.
When – This can be more than one date or time but be specific. Do not say “it’s always happening” or something too broad. We need some sort of timeline/timeframe
How – Now that you have the 5 W’s, tell us how this is newsworthy but you need to base it on the fact. Do not make any guesses or assumptions.

If you cannot complete the above for your event, then you need to choose a different story. We only ask for 5 stories so that means we are looking for 5 of the top news stories for that day. One or two word answers are not acceptable.


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