Writing for the Media (subject to change!)
Jan. 31: An introduction to syllabus and what this class is about. We’ll discuss format and WordPress sites. News basics.
Feb. 7: What is news? Basic components of stories, news values and judgment. DUE: 3rd-PERSON BIO
Feb. 14: AP Style. Element of good writing through examination of essays and news stories.
Feb 21: Leads and story structure.
Feb. 28: Story ideas. Gathering information through observation, interviews and reference sources.
March 7: The other bits: nut graphs, quotations, attribution, headlines, sidebars, etc. Midterm prep. DUE STORY 1
March 14: Writing stories. MIDTERM
March 21: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
March 28: News coverage STORY 2 DUE
April 4: Features, leads and structure
April 11: GRAMMAR TEST
April 18: More on features. Online journalism
April 25: In-class workshop. Interviewing.
May 2: Looking at the communications industry. Trends. DUE STORY 3, Feature Pitch, Draft of In-Class Classmate Interview
May 9: Last class TBA, DUE Coke story revisions.
May 16: Final Exam, DUE STORY 4