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(to be completed And AttAched to every story turned in for publicAtion And/or for A grAde) Your name: Deadline: Story: Sources (at least three):
F F F F F F F Research is adequate prior to contacting first source (Do your homework!) Ask sources to spell names and titles Record and/or transcribe interviews (Attach notes to story with this sheet) Verify claims with reliable sources Save links and other research (Turn in with interview notes) Get contact information for each source (telephone and e-mail address) Conclude interviews by asking source if he/she would like to add anything else
F F F F Lede/nut graf summarizes 5W’s + H Proper attribution for all direct/indirect quotes Story does not allow sources to conjecture on more than their expertise allows Story progresses logically from beginning to end (inverted pyramid for hard news)
Final checklist before submission
F F F F F F F F F F F F AP style Statistics, numbers, other figures add up Names Titles All quotes match your notes Quotes attributed to correct sources Acronyms spelled out on first reference URLs are working and point to correct websites Spelling/grammar/punctuation (Do NoT rely on spellcheck!) Photos (with cutlines) and sidebars are saved to the same folder as story Story specific issues are addressed (list): Story is ready for publication (All other items must be checked before you can check this one)