Posted by: The Cox Family | May 12, 2011

Extra credit due Tuesday

Below are the details for your extra credit assignment, due to your lab instructor at the start of lab Tuesday. You will receive five extra credit points toward your final grade.

In Lab 3, you will be writing a news story on deadline based on information you receive from your lab instructor. That story will be your graded assignment for Lab 3.

To help you prepare for that deadline writing assignment, write a brief  news story based on the following information. The story should be appropriate to be published in The Gainesville Sun. Note that you have two sources for this story. Even though the notes below are not written in complete sentences, your story should contain complete sentences.

As part of this extra credit activity, write six different summary leads. Write a summary lead beginning with each of the following: the who of the story, the what, the when, the where, the why, and the how. Select one of those to be the lead for your news story and be ready to explain why you made your selection.


This information is from a Florida Highway Patrol report:

Call received at 1:25 a.m. reporting wreck on I-75 at Gainesville/Newberry exit

Officers arrive at scene of accident at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday morning

One vehicle wreck – 2001 Dodge Caravan

Driver – Sylvia Catsmith, 28 of Leesburg

Passenger – Lisa Wright, 27 of Leesburg

Catsmith’s information: She was driving south on I-75 when front left tire blew out. Car swerved into median and rolled over once onto median. Wreck about 1:20 a.m. She and Wright got out of van. Catsmith called 911 from her cell phone.

Officers called for ambulance.

Women taken to North Florida Regional Hospital

No other vehicles involved. Traffic was not stopped.

No charges filed

Both women wearing seatbelts

They were returning from a Mary Kay conference in Atlanta. Both are Mary Kay independent beauty consultants

This information is from a spokesperson at North Florida Regional Medical Center

Lisa Wright in critical but stable condition with broken ribs and a punctured lung

Sylvia Catsmith released with minor injuries


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