Akst: Almost all you need is love
My students often loathe their current news/feature writing assignment, but their negative reaction is actually a good teaching moment.
Novice journalists often fail to realize that people don’t care whether or not reporters like their assignments. A reporter’s job is to report – accurately and compellingly – on a topic. If they like doing so, it’s gravy. If not, too bad.
Am I sending students to a war zone? Making them sit through a planning and zoning commission meeting? Having them write a feature sympathetic to drug dealers?
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