These were the REQUIREMENTS
before the REVISIONS made on 03/01/1999.

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  1. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Read two different newspapers and two different newsmagazines. From each of these, cut out stories about the same event. Put each item on a separate sheet of paper. Write an analysis of each, explaining where and in what way each story is objective or subjective and why each publication handled the story differently for a different purpose or audience.
    2. Listen to two radio news broadcasts and watch two television news broadcasts on the same day. List the different news items, features and editorials on the broadcasts. Note the time in minutes and seconds for each story. Write an analysis explaining where and in what way each story is objective or subjective, and why the stories were treated differently for each audience by the two media.
  2. Do either a or b:
    1. Newspaper and magazine journalism:
      1. Visit a newspaper or magazine office. Ask for a tour of the various divisions (editorial, business, and printing). During your tour talk to an executive from the business side of management's relation with reporters, editors, and photographers and what makes a "good" newspaper or magazine. If possible, go with a reporter to cover a news event.
      2. With the help of your counselor, prepare a newspaper layout, edit copy, and proofread a story after it has been set up in type, and be able to explain the printing process.
    2. Radio and television journalism:
      1. Visit a radio or television station. Ask for a tour of the various departments, concentrating on those related to news broadcasts. During your tour, talk to the station manager or other station management executive about station operations, particularly how management and the news staff work together, and what makes a "good" station. If possible, go with a reporter to cover a news event.
      2. With the help of your counselor prepare a radio or television news show format. Edit an audio tape or a video tape. Explain what it takes to put a radio or television news broadcast on the air.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Attend a news event. Write a newspaper news story about the event, a sidebar feature, and an editorial or critical review of the event.
    2. For the same event, for radio or television, write a news story, a color story and an editorial or critical review.
    3. For the same event, take a series of photographs that would help to tell the story in pictures, including some news photos and some feature photos. Write captions for your photos and a brief story of the event.
  4. Answer at least three of five questions about qualifications, educational preparation, training opportunities, wages, and personal satisfaction in a career in journalism.

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