News Writing Prompt For Practice



Directions: Please follow the steps in writing a news lead and opening paragraphs.

  1. Read the entire prompt.
  2. Find the newest information.
  3. Beware of older, controversial information.
  4. Write one to two sentences summarizing the new news including as many W’s and H’s as you can.
  5. Write in third person and be concise.
  6. As with your own publication you should leave out the name of the school.

Please click on the link below to see the prompt.

News Write-Off


Much More Than “Tom’s From Seinfeld”


By Alexander Aibel

While Tom’s Restaurant’s fame is attributed to being featured on Seinfeld and being the subject of Suzanne Vega’s hit song “Tom’s Diner”, its hidden treasure lies within the welcomeness, compassion, and modesty of the restaurant.

Bought by Tom Glikas in the 1940’s, Tom’s has been a staple on the corner of 112th and Broadway ever since. The restaurant’s unique exterior and blue and red neon sign light up the block at night, while the interior has a counter or booths for customers to sit in.The family run business has been able to operate for almost 80 years now, serving a medley of foods. People dine in at all different times, from a pre-work meal to a drunk 2 a.m. snack.

NYC Street Fairs: Where Culture, Commerce Collide


By Ryder Davis

An average working day for a New York City street vendor begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. — seemingly normal hours in America. But their jobs can take them to faraway places such as Madagascar or Chile, in search of rare or unique goods that will appeal to Western customers. Those customers, as described by Nepali women’s clothing vendor Yogesh Shakya, find the rare goods “legitimate and desirable” because of their seeming connection to another culture.

Several New York street vendors come from a retail background — some owned and operated retail stores in Downtown Manhattan before pivoting to street markets. Shakya owned a store called Omyogi Handicrafts, selling the same items he would later sell in his outpost at street fairs — handmade crafts, including jewelry and pants, from places ranging from Nepal to Jamaica.

Riverside Church Retains Intriguing History


By Russell Stern

Located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, on Riverside Drive and 120th street, the Riverside Church stands, fascinating and imposing, as the tallest church in the U.S. It has been around for almost 100 years and covers two city blocks.

Constructed in 1927 with its doors opening to the public in 1930, its building was organized by John D. Rockefeller, an infamous American oil industry magnate.

Barnard College Acts As Secret Passageway To Columbia University


By Angelina Campanile

Columbia University freshmen walking into their first lecture hall might expect to see a wave of baby blue roaring lions smacked on each student’s chest. Instead, they see a mixture of baby blue Columbia Lions and brown Barnard Bears.

According to some students, teachers, and college guidance counselors, there is a perception that Barnard College is the ultimate secret passageway into the university. Students who have been denied from Columbia and accepted into Barnard still have the ability to live out the Columbia University experience.

21st Century Feminism Leads Women To Choose Barnard


By Ryann Perlstein

Now more than ever, especially with the rise of civil and women’s rights marches throughout the country against the Trump administration, many young women feel the importance of attending an all-women’s college or university.

Directly across Broadway, from the highly-regarded, formerly all-male Columbia University, Barnard College remains a refuge for women seeking higher education without the sexism frequently present in coeducational classrooms. The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the graduation of Columbia College’s first coed graduating class.

Local Pizza Hub Knows How To Entice ‘Jumbo’ Crowds


By Jacqueline Olson

Although the sign at Koronet Pizza on Broadway may read a “small” slice of pizza is three dollars, this one piece of the pie is nowhere near the typical small that comes to mind. In fact, longtime Koronet Pizza cook Sam said one small piece at Koronet is the equivalent of two regularly sized slices at a commercial pizza place.

Open since 1981, Koronet Pizza has been a local favorite for its cheap prices, good food, and even better portions.

A City’s Gem: The Story of Manhattan’s Morningside Park


By Jessa Glassman

Finding a serene escape from the buzz of city life can be like searching for a needle in a haystack made of tall buildings and subways. Morningside Park, a 30-acre area including grassy areas, a basketball court, playgrounds, recreational spaces, benches and much more, is the shiny needle found in Manhattan.

The park is adjacent to Columbia University, and attracts people of all kinds who go to it for all different reasons.

Koronet’s Pizza: A Unique Twist On Classic Dish


By Jonny Wu

Although countless pizzerias decorate the busy streets of New York City, Koronet’s Pizza stands out for its unique spin on a classic Italian dish. This restaurant is famed for its “Jumbo” pizza slices, which are over double the size of normal slices. However, the restaurant’s friendly and casual atmosphere makes the restaurant truly enjoyable for both customers and workers.

Located near the intersection of Broadway and 114th Street, Koronet’s Pizza resides in a single room inside of a modest brick building. The back half of the restaurant is taken up by the kitchen, complete with cutting boards, pizza racks, and ovens. The open kitchen allows customers to watch their meals hand-prepared by the chefs. Barstools line the edge of the counters and walls, while wooden tables and chairs are scattered throughout the restaurant. Slow pop music plays from speakers in the ceiling.