Wednesday, September 29, 2010

News writing class puts together an advance for on-campus event

SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA - Journalism 30 students today wrote advance stories about an event on the CSU, Sacramento set to happen Thursday.

And in the process of writing the story, several students discovered that the information provided for their story was at odds with information published in the State Hornet newspaper.

The university-provided information says that British rower Roz Savage will speak at 6 p.m. in the University Union. The Hornet said she will start at 7 p.m.

Roz Savage
It provided an object lesson for the students for when sources disagree.

They decided to stick with the 6 p.m. time listed in the official University Calendar - and in two other 'official' university sources.

Of course, it's possible the State Hornet has some inside information and the start time has been changed. If so, the people who read the newspaper will get there right on time. On the other hand, if the 6 p.m. start time is right, well, the 7 p.m. crowd will be quite tardy.

Savage is the first woman to have rowed solo across the Pacific Ocean. In 2005, she rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

She has also published a book, Rowing The Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean.