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 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


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