Deadline is today

May 11, 2017 by

I need stories and links to blog posts.


NY Times newsletter: Race Related

May 8, 2017 by

The NY Times is sponsoring a series of stories from readers called Race Related.

This is worth reading and writing for. This is a chance to tell stories that are part of a national conversation. Newspapers are more and more focused on finding out what readers care about. I am thinking of making this a requirement for next fall. Submit a story. Check it out. All you have to do is enter an email address.

We’re a small, diverse team at The New York Times.

We want to stir up conversation, with The Times and with you. Because race matters, and it’s time to listen.

Share your questions and stories.

I need everything by May 11

May 4, 2017 by

That’s final exam week. As I have said many times, there is no final exam. Your grades are based on current events grades and stories. There is an extra credit assignment below for current events.  Work on your stories. Come meet with me if you need advice. I’ll be in and out of the office, so send an email if you want to see me and we’ll set something up.

Write stories with strong quotations. And make sure you handle the attribution and punctuation properly.


Listen: Suppose you need a story

May 4, 2017 by

Here’s one you could do: attend the president’s talk tomorrow afternoon. Then write a story about the problems facing TSU.  Chiefly the problems are going to be financial. See if you can grab three quotations for the story.

Put the quotations down first and find an order. Remember that the first thing said in a speech is not necessarily the first thing you write in a story. The deeper meaning of the speech may come later in the speech. You need to listen hard. Listen really hard for what’s important.

Actually, that’s a way to live in the world, not just as a writer, but as a good human being. Listen.

Last day of class today & email problems

May 4, 2017 by

Some of you may need another story. I’m going to talk about curiosity and journalism and quotations. You could write a story based on what I say.

One of you sent me a story by google docs. There was no message. As many of you may know there has been a massive phishing problem with google docs. Send me your story as a Word attachment and write a brief message, such as Here is my story for Advanced Reporting, etc. Always add a line or two so I can tell your message is authentic and not sent by a robot.  Don’t just send an attachment or a url with no message. I won’t open it.

And besides, you’ve got to learn about this stuff.


Yes we have two more classes

May 1, 2017 by

On Tuesday we will have the last current events quiz.

Then we are going to review quotations. (See below.)

There is no final exam. You are graded on your portfolio and your current events scores.

Something that drives me crazy

May 1, 2017 by

Not punctuating and attributing a quotation properly. I have emphasized this from day one. Yet a student just sent me a story with the following quotations. I know that your two previous reporting teachers didn’t teach you to do this. I know you were taught not to do this in the news editing class. How is it possible to make such a mistake in Advanced Reporting

“Mass incarceration has fallen disproportionately on the black community. The Atlantic animation talks about mass incarceration as wiping out a section of society.” said Berryhill.

“College is often the first time in a young person’s life where they have the freedom to make their own choices, a change that can often be daunting.” said Gilbert.

Nobody publishes quotations this way. Look at a newspaper or a magazine! Read this blog! Pay attention to details!

Follow the directions.

This quotation has no attribution at all:

“ The signs were apparent but I always pushed them aside, INSERT THE ATTRIBUTION HERE.  I was becoming a prisoner in my own body I was embarrassed and ashamed, my family did not take my illness seriously, black families tend to have a hard time accepting matters of the mind”

These kind of errors worry me because I even if you never enter a newsroom or publish a story, this lack of attention to detail will hurt you in whatever you do. Attributing and punctuating a quotation is fundamental.  If this were a basketball class, the person who made this mistake wouldn’t know how to make a layup. She wouldn’t even know what a layup is.

Broadcast Journalists: Saturday program

April 27, 2017 by


I was wondering if you could help spread the word to your students about this panel coming up this Saturday. We welcome students, professors, and anyone else interested in broadcast journalism to come! I think it would be incredibly insightful for aspiring journalists.

It’ll be at Asia Society, 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houstonthis Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm. It is free entry.

There will be panelists of color from each of the four major stations (Fox 26, ABC 13, KPRC, and KHOU), and we will be discussing what reporting on Houston is like, what it is like to be a working journalist of color in this political and social climate, and more. I have attached a flier.

Please let me know. If anyone has questions (or questions that they would like to see panelists answer, please have them email me at

Angela Chen

Reporter, FOX 26 News KRIV-TV

Twitter: @AngelaChenFOX26

Facebook: Angela Chen

Instagram: angelachenfox26

Finishing the semester

April 25, 2017 by

So the end of the semester is approaching and many, maybe most of you figure you can just dump a bunch of stories on me and pass. This is not a good tactic. Send me a story this week. Send me two or three stories this week. If you do everything at the last minute, I’m not going to be very patient and understanding. I will be grumpy.


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Worst of all you have neglected to get help from a writer/editor who can help you improve your writing. Someone who likes to do this. But you’ve got to give me stories to work with.

You need six stories posted on a blog. I need the address of the blog to enter on my blog.

I realize that many of you are putting off the writing until the end of the semester. This is a bad idea. You need to get some feedback, but now times are hectic. Write a story and send it to me.

Here is a checklist of things to do:

Use the three-paragraph opening.

Write a good headline and put your byline on the story.

Use spelling and grammar check.

Write the story and let it cool off and re-read. Read it out loud and listen to how the sentences sound. If you can’t speak the sentences well, they are probably poorly written. Write sentences that sound right to the ear, and feel right when you say them.

Have a beginning, a middle and an end.

Use several full quotations and fill in the spaces between them.

The most important thing I can say is don’t write the way you usually write.

Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions. Follow the directions.

Communciation Week Assignments

April 11, 2017 by

Everyone needs to attend Communication Week. I will take role on Tuesday and Thursdays at our class time.

Everyone should turn in a story about some aspect of Communication week. Check the schedule and let me know. Here’s what I have from today’s class:

Monday: 1-5, ERM Music festival, Erin Woods

Tuesday 11-12:50 Multiculturalism and Inclusion: Telling Balanced Stories Charles Washington and Janiqua Edmond

Fashion show, 6:30 Robin Jackson

Wednesday 11-1:50 Entertainment in the Era of Globalization: How to Make Money in the Music Industry, Jocresha Steward, Rhya Weeks

Thursday: 11-12:15 Person Group, Society and Media, “To Friend or Not Friend” Christen Longstreet


I’ve put the program in the link. We will look at it briefly today and more thoroughly on Thursday to plan stories that you might write.

I need some stories for the SOC newsletter.