Fires break out daily. Not all are worth covering. But those
that involve major damage and/or result in injury or loss of life are.
The public needs to know about events in the community.
In the following simulation, you'll find yourself in the role of a police
reporter for Freeport News assigned to cover a fire. You'll face a variety
of decisions and challenges. After doing your reporting, you'll write
and file a news story.
Before you go to The Freeport News, you will need to do some background
readings covering the basics of reporting a fire. This will take you at
least 30 minutes. You'll also need to take and pass (at least 60% correct)
a test on grammar and math for reporters. The test won't likely take more
than a few minutes, but it is important to make sure you'll do well as
a reporter assigned to cover a fire. On the left-hand side of your screen
there is a box that contains all the necessary background readings and
the math and grammar quiz. Once you have passed the quiz, you may proceed
to Freeport News by simply clicking on "I'm ready to go to Freeport
News" located on the right side of the screen under the fire footage.
In covering the story, you'll need to keep in mind that you are on deadline.
Every decision and action that you take will use up time. You have to
make your deadline, or risk being placed on probation on your new job.
The main sections of the simulation are:
- Freeport News
- The Police Beat (2 hour deadline begins)
- Covering the Story
- Lead and Story Structure
- About the Lead
- Writing the Story (Where the story is filed)
The horizontal menu at the top of your screen identifies these areas.
Many parts of the simulation will involve audio and video (indicated on
screen with QuickTime slider and controls), but other parts will
require you to do some reading. Other parts will require you to click
on screen to make choices or to enter information, and finally write your
story and file it with Freeport News. Be sure to reference the help area
located at the bottom right of the screen for any questions and the necessary
technical requirements to run this simulation.