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. DUE: summary leads homework.
Feb. 28: Story ideas. Gathering information through observation, interviews and reference sources. DUE: Story # 1
March 7: The other bits: nut graphs, quotations, attribution, headlines, sidebars, etc. Midterm prep.
March 14: Writing stories. DUE: Story # 2 [CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW)
March 21: NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
March 28: News coverage. MIDTERM (Rescheduled)
April 4: Features, alternative leads and story structures
April 11: Grammar prep, more on features
April 18: Online journalism Story #3 (Likely in-class), DUE STORY #4 pitch
April 25: GRAMMAR TEST, feature types and interviewing, DUE Speech #3 story
May 2: In-class workshop DUE: In-Class Interview w/ Classmate
May 9: Looking at the communications industry. Trends.
May 16: Last class!! TBA Story # 4 Due
May 23: Final