Information “neighborhoods”

Read the first article and check all that apply:

News: Publicity: Opinion: Advertising: Rumor:
Check answer

This unsigned news brief does report the news, but it’s also publicity because it’s wholly driven by the groups holding the press conference.

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Read the second article and check all that apply:

News: Publicity: Opinion: Advertising: Rumor:
Check answer

This bylined article is squarely in the News Neighborhood. It’s written in the news style, with a lede that updates an ongoing story, references public court documents and quotes a judge. What do you think of the number and type of sources used? We’ll talk about sourcing in the next lesson. Can you identify any opinions in this article? Can you identify the reporter’s opinions?

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Read the last article and check all that apply:

News: Publicity: Opinion: Advertising: Rumor:
Check answer

This is a signed editorial, or Op-Ed, from the Lewiston Morning Tribune’s Opinion section. What is the writer’s opinion on fish and dams? What are some of the facts presented in this Op-Ed? Who is quoted?


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