- Write stories covering satisfactorily the following assignments, demonstrating that you know the principles of good news writing including the elements of a good lead paragraph:
- a news incident
- a routine club or society meeting
- a lecture, sermon, or political address
- an editorial
- a feature or human interest story
- review of a play, a motion picture, a concert, or a book
- Do the following:
- Explain how the articles in Requirement Numbers 1 and 2 differ.
- Secure the publication of at least one of these articles in a Scouting, school, or local paper.
- Prepare a simple set of headline styles which will serve all needs of a small newspaper, indicating type size and approximate count for each.
- Present photographic or cartoon copy or the suggestion for such copy, as an illustration for a news story, and write the caption of it.
- Read and correct proof, using the conventional proofreader's marks on manuscript of at least two typewritten pages furnished by your Counselor.
- Show that you know what is meant by the following terms: point, font, pica, face, case linotype, hand set, galley proof, half tone, electrotype, screen, stereotype, mat
- Do the following:
- Explain the steps necessary to copyright a book, magazine, or newspaper; tell what rights are granted by a copy, for what period.
- Explain what is meant by freedom of the press and why we have libel laws. Tell what plagiarism is.
- Prepare a dummy for the printer of an 8-page newspaper or magazine, including the placing of different size advertisements to cover the equivalent of two pages.
- Explain the process of preparing a modern newspaper for publication, demonstrating a satisfactory knowledge of the various departments and executives and their functions. Explain the importance of the deadline.
- Have contributed as a reporter, or as editor or member of the editorial or business staff (either voluntary or paid) on a newspaper or a local Council, Troop, school, trade, farm, or club publication for at least four issues.
- Present a scrapbook including unpublished copy as well as clippings of published material filed under date and place of publication.