Current Events by Week

Each week you will post your current events on your own current events project page, I will migrate selected articles to the class page as possible quiz topics. Plan ahead. Technical difficulties are not acceptable.

How to do Current Events

Each week, you will contribute two current events to our class list. For each article, you must include the following four elements.

  1. Article Title
  2. Link
  3. Topic
  4. 50-60 word summary of the article.

How do I pick my articles?

One of your current events must relate to a topic we have already discussed in class. You must mark each current event with a one or two word description of what it relates to (Race in America, Foreign Policy [Syria], Education, Poverty, etc.).

One of your current events is a personal choice. You must be able to explain how it relates to the course. Don't select something that isn't relevant to contemporary America. A good article is relevant to you and you think that it would be meaningful to others as well.

Make sure your articles are newsworthy

Timing

The word news means exactly that - things which are new. Topics which are current are good news. Consumers are used to receiving the latest updates, and there is so much news about that old news is quickly discarded.
A story with only average interest needs to be told quickly if it is to be told at all. If it happened today, it's news. If the same thing happened last week, it's no longer interesting.

Significance

The number of people affected by the story is important. A plane crash in which hundreds of people died is more significant than a crash killing a dozen.

Proximity

Stories which happen near to us have more significance. The closer the story to home, the more newsworthy it is. For someone living in France, a major plane crash in the USA has a similar news value to a small plane crash near Paris.
Note that proximity doesn't have to mean geographical distance. Stories from countries with which we have a particular bond or similarity have the same effect. For example, Australians would be expected to relate more to a story from a distant Western nation than a story from a much closer Asian country.

Prominence

Famous people get more coverage just because they are famous. If you break your arm it won't make the news, but if the Queen of England breaks her arm it's big news.

Human Interest

Human interest stories are a bit of a special case. They often disregard the main rules of newsworthiness; for example, they don't date as quickly, they need not affect a large number of people, and it may not matter where in the world the story takes place.
Human interest stories appeal to emotion. They aim to evoke responses such as amusement or sadness. Television news programs often place a humorous or quirky story at the end of the show to finish on a feel-good note. Newspapers often have a dedicated area for offbeat or interesting items.

Anything else I should keep in mind?

  • An article summary should be your own words. It should represent the main events and ideas of the article.
  • You do not need to shorten the URL if you are posting them online.
  • You can copy and paste the article title.

For Mr. G: Current Events List Template