Summarize, write, edit, tweet: Part 2

Same as last week:

Write tweets for these 5 stories–after you’ve read the story and are certain you know what it’s about. Stay within 100-120 characters.

It’s important to correctly summarize the story. Be careful about misplaced modifiers.

Spelling counts.

Write in the active voice.

Eliminate unnecessary words.

50 points

Use http://wordcounter.net

1. http://www.businessinsider.com/when-is-the-2014-solar-eclipse-2014-10

2. http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/10/which_one-loss_team_is_best_es.html#incart_m-rpt-2

3. http://www.chron.com/news/us/article/New-survey-details-vast-scope-of-teen-dating-abuse-5842984.php

4. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/nebraska-high-school-guns-in-yearbooks

5. http://www.ragan.com/PublicRelations/Articles/48909.aspx

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Example tweets for JMC 300 Lab October 23, 2014

For JMC 300 Lab: October 16, 2014

Week 8: Writing in the active voice.

Subject – verb – object.

Omit unnecessary words.

Twitter is a great resource to learn how to write actively, directly and succinctly.

Assignment Directions:

Read each of the following articles and write a tweet in the active voice that summarizes a key point from the article. Your tweet should be a sentence that both summarizes the actual content and would most likely cause the reader to click to read more. Avoid click-bait phrases, though. Keep your tweet at no more than 120 characters to allow room for a link and possible retweets.

Use this tool: http://www.wordcounter.net/ to count the number of characters.

Practice Articles:

http://mashable.com/2014/10/16/grover-and-kid-president-socktober/

http://online.wsj.com/articles/presenting-the-nfls-biggest-camera-hogs-1413414195?mod=trending_now_1

http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/16/6987711/the-media-awful-job-explaining-ebola-and-clipboardman-is-proof

Once you are sure your tweet is 110-120 characters, copy and paste the tweet into a Word document with your name on it.

Use the number that corresponds to the article to number your tweets.

1. Article: http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2014/10/cooler_weather_has_wildlife_on.html

2. Article: http://samfordcrimson.com/?p=5283

3. Article: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/10/teaching-math-to-people-who-think-they-hate-it/381125/

4. Article: http://www.futurity.org/most-teens-have-easy-access-to-meds/

5. Article: http://grist.org/cities/why-minneapolis-beautiful-bike-freeways-are-totally-the-best/

6. Article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/10/06/heavily-armed-drug-cops-raid-retirees-garden-seize-okra-plants/

7. Article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/steve-vaillancourt-ann-kuster_n_5977090.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular

8. http://chronicle.com/article/In-Taste-of-Autonomy-Sports/149385/

9. https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2014/10/16/coursera-expands-specializations

10. http://mashable.com/2014/10/16/fcc-butt-dialing-911/