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In the News In the News pieces are stories we take from other sources. We usually report on what’s happened and try to add something more to the story. Headline: [Straightforward, what the piece is about] Teaser: [A sentence about who,what,when,where, why and who reported it] Article format: 1. What’s news, who reported it These are typically news pieces and should start with what’s news. Who, what, when, where, why and who reported it with a link to the original story. 2. Supporting evidence and more information The second and third paragraphs should add supporting facts or information, such as a quote from the article or sources the reporter interviewed. 3. Any information we have reported or an update The last section should include any updates we’ve collected or previous stories we’ve done about the topic. You should try your best to add something new to the story.

In the News

On the agenda

On the Agenda pieces are a breakdown of the City Council agenda, which is posted the Friday before each meeting on the City Council website. We try to translate the agenda from a difficultto-understand legal language into a conversational tone. Headline: On the Agenda: [One or two points from the agenda] Teaser: City Council will meet Monday to discuss [major points in agenda] Photo: Alhambra seal on City Hall Article format: 1. Information on when the meeting is and the major point to be discussed. A few details about the background of that topic and how it affects Alhambra residents. 2. Any other relevant topics Council will be discussing or voting on If the agenda mentions any other topics you think residents should know Council is discussing or that we’ve reported on in the past. 3. A paragraph about the meeting and agenda “City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.” 4. The City Council agenda. 1. Download the City Council agenda from the City website. 2. Go to Scribd.com and sign in (Username: alhambrasource, password elalham12) 3. Upload agenda and click the “Embed” link for code 4. Paste code in Source section of story

On the agenda

City Council meeting recap If we highlight issues or topics in our agenda breakdown, we usually post a recap after the meeting telling residents how Council voted. We also bring up any issues that residents brought to City Council’s attention and make a note for future stories. Headline: [Result from meeting] Teaser: City Council voted Monday night to [change or vote results] Article format: 1. Results from Council meeting This should correlate with the topic mentioned in the agenda breakdown the day before. This is what actually happened and how it will impact residents. 2. Resident feedback If residents spoke during the meeting, this section summarizes their opinion on either the topics above or another subject. We always try to get a direct quote, which can be obtained from the live video of the meeting. 3. A link to the video and info about future meetings: “Not able to attend the last meeting? You can watch it in its entirety here. City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Hall: 111 South First Street, Alhambra, 91801. The next meeting will be held on [Date]”

City Council meeting recap

Crime map

We receive data from the Police Department every two weeks that we collect and turn into a map. We then post the map so that residents can see what kind of crimes were committed near them. Headline: [Any trends or changes from the last map] Teaser: CRIME MAP: [Summary of the top reported crimes] Photo: Police car illustration by Irvin Article Format: 1. Summary paragraph of top reported crimes. The first section should be about what residents need to know about this particular set of data. Which crime was reported the most and how it compared with the numbers from the last two weeks. 2. Explanation of the crime map and key Where we get the data and what the codes and symbols mean. These images can be taken from a previous crime map story.

Crime map

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