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2018 Multiplatform Editing

Internship Test
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INSTRUCTIONS
Please read these instructions before beginning.
The test has a one-hour time limit. It consists of five parts: Part 1, Current Events; Part 2, Grammar; Part 3, Geography; Part 4, Editing and Headline
Writing and Part 5, Brainstorming online content. Answers must be written on the test. Test-takers are permitted to have only blank paper, pens
and pencils. Headlines and tweets should be written in designated spaces. Each letter or space counts as one unit. For example, this headline
would have the following count: Editing Test Called Easy (24 units).
Do not begin the test until you have been instructed to do so by the monitor.
Participants and monitors for this national competition should not divulge the contents of this exercise. No parts of this exercise can be reproduced
without written permission of the Dow Jones News Fund.

Copyright © 2017 Dow Jones News Fund, Inc.


PART 1 — CURRENT EVENTS

1. England was the site of at least two terror attacks, including one that began on London ___________________ and
another at a concert by ________________________________ in Manchester.

2. ___________________________ was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, returning the court to ________ members.

3. After 146 years, the ______________________________ gave its final performance in May.

4. Juan Manuel Santos, president of __________________, won the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts to end his country’s
civil war.

5. _______________________ took a public relations hit when Dr. David Dao was dragged off one of its planes.

6. A jury found a Minnesota police officer ______________________ in the death of Philando Castile.

7. __________________________, not ______________________________, won the Oscar for Best Picture.

8. On Aug. 21, a ____________________________________ crossed the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina..

9. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for _______________________________________.

10. President Trump reversed Barack Obama’s easing of diplomatic relations with ___________________.
Underneath each photo, identify the person by their name and news identity.

_____________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________

_____________ ________________ ________________ ________________ ________________

Names (in alphabetical order) Identity (in alphabetical order)


Ben Carson Actress, died
Carrie Fisher British prime minister
Nikki Haley German chancellor
Theresa May Housing and Urban Development secretary
Angela Merkel Russia investigation special counsel
Robert Mueller U.S. ambassador to U.N.

PART 2 – GRAMMAR, USAGE AND PUNCTUATION: Underline the correct choice in each example.

1. Soviet President Vladimir Putin rebutted / refuted claims he interfered with U.S. elections.

2. Gov. Christie, photographed laying / lying on a beach chair, had closed that beach to the public during a
budget impasse.

3. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” is a quote that / which Ernest Hemingway never said.

4. The hot air balloon collided with / hit power lines before it crashed, killing 16 people.

5. Trapped in a flooded compartment / Its starboard side caved in, seven sailors died when the USS
Fitzgerald was struck by a cargo ship.

6. Despite discrete / discreet settlements of sexual harassment allegations, Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly.

7. Everyone / Every one of New Orleans’ Confederate statues were / was removed.

8. Chelsea Manning, born Edward on December 17, 1987 / December 17, 1987, / Dec. 17, 1987 / Dec. 17,
1987, was pardoned by President Obama.

9. "The president used the word “wiretaps” / 'wiretaps' in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other
activities," said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

10. President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, saying it adversely / aversely affects / effects
the United States.
PART 3 – GEOGRAPHY. Name the state and place the number for each question on the map.

1. Fire destroyed an abandoned warehouse that had been converted into an arts collective, killing 36, in

_________________________.

2. The team that ended the “Curse of the Billy Goat” by winning the World Series is in ________________.

3. The Great Smoky Mountains wildfires killed 14 and damaged more than 1,600 structures in

________________________.

4. Two men died when they tried to stop an anti-Muslim rant aimed at two young women in _________________.

5. Thousands camped out in ______________________ to protest a pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

6. A woman was killed and more than 20 were injured when a driver rammed counter-protesters at a white supremacist
rally in _______________________.

7. Ten smuggled immigrants died in a boiling hot tractor-trailer in _______________________.


PART 4 — EDITING AND HEADLINE WRITING: Edit the following story and explain your edits in the margin. Write a
one-line headline with a maximum count of 25, a Search Engine Optimization headline and a tweet on the lines
below. One letter or space between words goes in each space.

PRINT HEADLINE
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
SEO HEADLINE

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

TWEET
____________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________
____________________________________________________________________________________________

MEXICO CITY — Cuba’s former dictator Fidel Castro died Friday night, his younger brother and successor Raúl
Castro announced Friday.

The Cuban president, who took over from his brother in 2008, said that his brother’s ashes would be carried to
Santiago de Cuba province, a route that recalls, in reverse, Castro´s march to victory in 1958. Raúl Castro closed
his remarks with Cuba’s revolutionary slogan: Hasta la Victoria Siempre!

Several foreign leaders offered condolences, with leaders of both Russia and China offering fulsome sympathy.
But many statements were tempered as the world took stock of a man who rose to fame through revolution,
becoming a fiery rival to the United States during the cold war. He overthrew one dictator only to become the
region’s longest serving strongman, at 49 years.

Castro’s last public appearance was in August to celebrate his 90th birthday. Cubans were never told what ailed
their former leader, and it took hours for news of his death to spread across Havana, where the streets were
silent.

The scenes were more jubilant among Cubans who fled Castro’s regimen. Cuban-Americans in Miami took to the
streets, waving Cuban and American flags.

“Its about time that God-damned bastard died,” a bald man wearing a blue pullover told Channel 23, a Miami
Spanish-language broadcaster.

Fidel Castro was born in 1916 in Biran on the island’s wild eastern tip, the illegitimate son of a former Spanish
soldier who had become a rich landowner, and his maid. Nicknamed the “guerrilla prince,” he animated millions
in Cuba with his promises of social justice and economic progress, only to bankrupt the island.
PART 4 — EDITING AND HEADLINE WRITING: Edit the following story and explain your edits in the margin. Write a
one-line headline with a maximum count of 25, a Search Engine Optimization headline and a tweet.

PRINT HEADLINE
__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
SEO HEADLINE

__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ _
TWEET
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Former FBI Director Jimmy Comey said in a farewell note to colleagues he had “long believed” a president could
fire an FBI director “for any reason, or for no reason at all,” in his first remarks to be made public since he was
fired.

Comey learned of his firing from a television news broadcast while at a law-enforcement event in Los Angeles.
Comey didn’t receive a courtesy call from the White House, and he initially thought it was part of an elaborate
joke, according to a close associate. The White House said they were following protocol in delivering the
dismissal letter to his Washington office.

His dismissal has sent morale at the FBI plummeting, creating the most divisive atmosphere since J. Edgar
Hoover was director. Agents viewed the firing as a bellwether of President Donald Trump’s willingness to work
with the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump initially said he fired Comey after receiving a 3-page memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod
Rosenstein, in which he said Comey’s actions regarding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email
use had led the FBI to lose the public’s trust.

But two days later, Trump said he was going to fire Comey irregardless of Rosenstine’s recommendation.

The firing highlighted the fraught position of FBI directors, who often must run a gauntlet of conducting
impartial investigations amid political storms.

In Comey’s farewell letter, he said he hoped those at the FBI wouldn’t spend time on the decision or the way it
was executed.” He also said he was disinterested in doing so himself.

“It is done, and I will be fine,” Comey said.


PART 5 – BRAINSTORMING ONLINE CONTENT

For each of the stories in Part 4 – Castro and Comey – list three ideas on how to present the stories online. Detail the
hyperlinks, graphics, visual/audio/interactive elements or sidebars/breakouts you would include to enhance the user
experience. Assume you have any resource you need to create any content you think appropriate. Keep your ideas short
as long as your intent is clear. No points are given for the length of your answers.

Castro story

Comey story

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS: When you have finished, return this test to your monitor whose signature will certify it was
completed within one hour. The monitor must mail your test postmarked by Nov. 1, 2017, to the Dow Jones News
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2018 Multiplatform Editing
Internship Test
Fund Use: Score____
ANSWER KEY

PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY

Applicant’s Name____________________________________________________ Email Address ___________________________________


College/University__________________________________________________________ Phone Number (_____)___________________
Name and Title of Monitor___________________________________________________ Phone Number (_____)___________________
Monitor’s Address____________________________________________ City __________________________ State_______ ZIP_________
Monitor’s Email Address________________________________________________ Date Test Given _______/_______/2017

Applicant’s statement: I have applied for/plan to apply for an internship at dowjonesnewsfund.org ___Yes ___ No

INSTRUCTIONS
Please read these instructions before beginning.
The test has a one-hour time limit. It consists of five parts: Part 1, Current Events; Part 2, Grammar; Part 3, Geography; Part 4, Editing and Headline
Writing and Part 5, Brainstorming online content. Answers must be written on the test. Test-takers are permitted to have only blank paper, pens
and pencils. Headlines and tweets should be written in designated spaces. Each letter or space counts as one unit. For example, this headline
would have the following count: Editing Test Called Easy (24 units).
Do not begin the test until you have been instructed to do so by the monitor.
Participants and monitors for this national competition should not divulge the contents of this exercise. No parts of this exercise can be reproduced
without written permission of the Dow Jones News Fund.

Copyright © 2017 Dow Jones News Fund, Inc.


PART 1 — CURRENT EVENTS 20 POINTS

1. England was the site of at least two terror attacks, including one that began on London BRIDGE and
another at a concert by _____ARIANA GRANDE______________ in Manchester.

2. NEIL GORSUCH was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice, returning the court to ____9/NINE____ members.

3. After 146 years, the __RINGLING BROTHERS & BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS_________ gave its final performance in
May.
4. Juan Manuel Santos, president of __COLOMBIA___, won the Nobel Peace prize for his efforts to end his country’s
civil war.

5. _UNITED AIRLINES_______ took a public relations hit when Dr. David Dao was dragged off one of its planes.

6. A jury found a Minnesota police officer __NOT GUILTY__ in the death of Philando Castile.

7. MOONLIGHT, not ___LA LA LAND______, won the Oscar for Best Picture.

8. On Aug. 21, a ___TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE_____ crossed the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina..

9. Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for _____LITERATURE____________.

10. President Trump reversed Barack Obama’s easing of diplomatic relations with ___CUBA____.
Underneath each photo, identify the person by their name and news identity. 10 POINTS

ROBERT MUELLER ANGELA MERKEL BEN CARSON CARRIE FISHER NIKKI HALEY

SPECIAL COUNSEL_ GERMAN CHANCELLOR__ HUD SECRETARY______________


ACTRESS, DIED UN AMBASSADOR

Names (in alphabetical order) Identity (in alphabetical order)


Ben Carson Actress, died
Carrie Fisher British prime minister
Nikki Haley German chancellor
Theresa May Housing and Urban Development secretary
Angela Merkel Russia investigation special counsel
Robert Mueller U.S. ambassador to U.N.

PART 2 – GRAMMAR, USAGE AND PUNCTUATION: Underline the correct choice in each example. 12 PTS.; 2 PTS.
FOR #7 & #10
1. Soviet President Vladimir Putin rebutted / refuted claims he interfered with U.S. elections.

2. Gov. Christie, photographed laying / lying on a beach chair, had closed that beach to the public during a
budget impasse.

3. “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” is a quote that / which Ernest Hemingway never said.

4. The hot air balloon collided with / hit power lines before it crashed, killing 16 people.

5. Trapped in a flooded compartment / Its starboard side caved in, seven sailors died when the USS
Fitzgerald was struck by a cargo ship.

6. Despite discrete / discreet settlements of sexual harassment allegations, Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly.

7. Everyone / Every one of New Orleans’ Confederate statues were / was removed.

8. Chelsea Manning, born Edward on December 17, 1987 / December 17, 1987, / Dec. 17, 1987 / Dec. 17,
1987, was pardoned by President Obama.

9. "The president used the word “wiretaps” / 'wiretaps' in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other
activities," said White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

10. President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate accord, saying it adversely / aversely affects / effects
the United States.
PART 3 – GEOGRAPHY. Name the state and place the number for each question on the map.
14 POINTS

5
4

2
6

1
3

1. Fire destroyed an abandoned warehouse that had been converted into an arts collective, killing 36, in

CALIFORNIA.

2. The team that ended the “Curse of the Billy Goat” by winning the World Series is in ILLINOIS.

3. The Great Smoky Mountains wildfires killed 14 and damaged more than 1,600 structures in

TENNESSEE.

4. Two men died when they tried to stop an anti-Muslim rant aimed at two young women in OREGON.

5. Thousands camped out in NORTH DAKOTA to protest a pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

6. A woman was killed and more than 20 were injured when a driver rammed counter-protesters at a white supremacist
rally in VIRGINIA.

7. Ten smuggled immigrants died in a boiling hot tractor-trailer in TEXAS.


PART 4 — EDITING AND HEADLINE WRITING: Edit the following story and explain your edits in the margin. Write a
one-line headline with a maximum count of 25, a Search Engine Optimization headline and a tweet on the lines
below. One letter or space between words goes in each space.
20 POINTS
PRINT HEADLINE 5 FOR EACH HED AND
CUBA'S FIDEL CASTRO DIES TWEET; 1 PT. FOR EACH
ERROR CORRECTED OR
SEO HEADLINE FLAGGED.

FIDEL CASTRO, FORMER CUBA DICTATOR, DIES

TWEET
Cuba's former dictator Fidel Castro died Friday night of undisclosed causes after a long illness. Havana was quiet
while in expatriates and opponents, particulalry in Miami, were jubilant celebrating in the streets.

MEXICO CITY — Cuba’s former dictator Fidel Castro died Friday night, his YOUNGEST brother and successor
Raúl Castro announced Friday.

The Cuban president, who took over from his brother in 2008, said that his brother’s ashes would be carried to
Santiago de Cuba province, a route that recalls, in reverse, Castro´s march to victory in 1958. Raúl Castro closed
his remarks with Cuba’s revolutionary slogan: Hasta la Victoria Siempre! TRANSLATION?

Several foreign leaders offered condolences, with leaders of both Russia and China offering fulsome sympathy.
But many statements were tempered as the world took stock of a man who rose to fame through revolution,
becoming a fiery rival to the United States during the COLD WAR. He overthrew one dictator only to become
the region’s longest serving strongman, at 49 years.

Castro’s last public appearance was in August to celebrate his 90th birthday. Cubans were never told what
ailed their former leader, and it took hours for news of his death to spread across Havana, where the streets
were silent.

The scenes were more jubilant among Cubans who fled Castro’s REGIME. Cuban-Americans in Miami took to the
streets, waving Cuban and American flags.

DELETE GRAF “Its about time that God-damned bastard died,” a bald man wearing a blue pullover told
Channel 23, a Miami Spanish-language broadcaster.

Fidel Castro was born in 1916 in Biran on the island’s wild eastern tip, the illegitimate son of a former Spanish
soldier who had become a rich landowner, and his maid. Nicknamed the “guerrilla prince,” he animated millions
in Cuba with his promises of social justice and economic progress, only to bankrupt the island.
PART 4 — EDITING AND HEADLINE WRITING: Edit the following story and explain your edits in the margin. Write a
one-line headline with a maximum count of 25, a Search Engine Optimization headline and a tweet.

PRINT HEADLINE 18 POINTS


5 FOR HED, 3 FOR SEO AND
COMEY SAYS FIRING IS DONE TWEET; 1 PT. FOR EACH
ERROR CORRECTED OR
SEO HEADLINE
FLAGGED.
James Comey urges FBI colleagues to move on from his firing
TWEET
Comey tells colleagues not to dwell on his firing or how it was done. Morale at FBI plummets as Trump changes his
rationale for the dismissal.

Former FBI Director JAMES Comey said in a farewell note to colleagues he had “long believed” a president
could fire an FBI director “for any reason, or for no reason at all,” in his first remarks to be made public since he
was fired.

Comey learned of his firing from a television news broadcast while at a law-enforcement event in Los Angeles.
Comey didn’t receive a courtesy call from the White House, and he initially thought it was part of an
elaborate joke, according to a close associate. The White House said IT WAS following protocol in delivering
the dismissal letter to his Washington office.

His dismissal has sent morale at the FBI plummeting, creating the most divisive atmosphere since J. Edgar
Hoover was director. Agents viewed the firing as a bellwether of President Donald Trump’s willingness to
work with the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL election.

Trump initially said he fired Comey after receiving a THREE-page memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod
Rosenstein, in which he said Comey’s actions regarding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email
use had led the FBI to lose the public’s trust.

But two days later, Trump said he was going to fire Comey REGARDLESS of ROSENSTEIN'S recommendation.

The firing highlighted the fraught position of FBI directors, who often must run a gauntlet of conducting
impartial investigations amid political storms.

In Comey’s farewell letter, he said he hoped those at the FBI wouldn’t spend time on the decision or the way
it was executed.(” REMOVE) He also said he was disinterested in doing so himself.

“It is done, and I will be fine,” Comey said.


PART 5 – BRAINSTORMING ONLINE CONTENT 6 POINTS, 3 PER STORY
For each of the stories in Part 4 – Castro and Comey – list three ideas on how to present the stories online. Detail the
hyperlinks, graphics, visual/audio/interactive elements or sidebars/breakouts you would include to enhance the user
experience. Assume you have any resource you need to create any content you think appropriate. Keep your ideas short
as long as your intent is clear. No points are given for the length of your answers.

Castro story

Provide photos and video of Raul Castro announcing the death

Embed video of celebrations in Miami at top of the story with appropriate caption.

Show historical video of Fidel Castro's 90th birthday appearance.

OR

Incorporate a timeline of the Cuban Revolution starting with the rebels' attack on the island up to

the normalization of relations with the U.S. under the Obama administration.

Comey story
Embed an image of the memo Comey sent to his colleagues

Pull excerpts of the Rosenstein memo calling for his ouster

Link to video of Comey's testimony regading the Russia investigation

OR

Link to the White House press conference in the aftermath of the dismissal A

searchable database of FBI directors and why/how they left office

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS: When you have finished, return this test to your monitor whose signature will certify it was
completed within one hour. The monitor must mail your test postmarked by Nov. 1, 2017, to the Dow Jones News
Fund, P.O. Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08543-0300.
__________________________________________________ ____________________________________________
Signature of Monitor Date