Newspaper Reporting

In 1908, Ikuda Purdy, a paniolo at Parker Ranch, took home the world championship roping title in a cowboy competition Cheyenne, WY. Below is a newspaper clipping from the time.  Guide students to write the news article that accompanies this headline.

Procedure:

*Copy and distribute the second page of this activity to students.

*Review the key elements of a news report.

*Guide students to address the following in the article:

  • Describe how they looked.
  • Describe how they rode their horses.
  • Describe what they did that might have wowed the audience.
  • Describe how they roped the steer.
  • Describe how they performed rope tricks.

*Build from the following information:

The paniolo made a colorful entrance in Cheyenne. They wowed the spectators. Ikua Purdy won the steer-roping contest in 56 seconds. Archie Ka`au`a came in second. Jack Low suffered an asthma attack during the competition but placed sixth.

Paniolo reporting Key elements of a News Report are:

1. Headline
    a. Catches your attention
    b. Sums up the story

2. Placeline
    a. Where the story begins.

3. Lead
    a.  The opening section
    b.  Gives most important information
    c.   Should answer most of the 5W’s

4. Body
     a.  Supplies detail
     b.   Most important details come first
     c.   Simple true statements

5. Quotation
     a.   What someone actually said
     b.   Adds accuracy
     c.   Adds “at the scene” feeling

The paniolo made a colorful entrance in Cheyenne. They wowed the spectators. Ikua Purdy won the steer-roping contest in 56 seconds. Archie Ka`au`a came in second. Jack Low suffered an asthma attack during the competition but placed sixth.

Describe
*How they looked.

*How they rode their horses.
*What they did that might have wowed the audience.
*How they roped the steer.
*How they performed rope tricks.

 

EXAMPLE:

paniolo chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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