News Appendix 1: Sample invitation to press conference

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(You might choose to have your students write their own version of this letter – that would be a good opportunity for them to review some rules of netiquette.)




Dear Police Chief Johnson:


We are writing to invite you to speak — in press

conference format — with the Beginning Journalism class at Springfield High School, ideally during the first second week of April.


Your appearance would be part of our class’s study of backgrounding individuals and newswriting. In advance of your visit, students would do background research on you and your involvement in local news. During the press conference itself, we would ask you to give a five-minute opening statement — during which you might or might not make an announcement of newsworthy importance — and then open the floor to questions for the rest of the period. We would record newsworthy comments and write short articles as homework.  It is possible that the some of our work might end being published in one of our school’s student press outlets, perhaps including video footage on our new journalism Web site.


Any day of the week except Wednesday would work for us.  The class meets from 1:15 p.m. until 2:05 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. On Thursdays, we meet from 11:45 a.m. until 1:15 p.m.  If you can’t make it the second week of April, we can be flexible about dates later in the month.


Please contact me prior to March 24 to let me know whether

you are interested in joining us.  The best way to reach me

is by email ( or on my cell

phone (650-575-XXXX.


Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to seeing you and hope you can fit us into your schedule.




Penny Forurthots

Springfield High School