Schedule

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

 

 

 

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