This course equips students with an understanding of the principles and practice of journalism:
Unexcused late work is not accepted and will be given a zero. Printer failures and computer crashes are not acceptable excuses.
You should plan to back up your files and allow extra time before the deadline for possible computer, roommate, dog, car or other extracurricular problems. We must be ready when it comes to deadlines.
In general, the following scale will apply to all major stories submitted. It is also the scale used in determining your final grade in the course: All stories and class exercises must be typed, double-spaced, on soft-surface paper.
You will be required to rewrite most major stories; others will be optional. Mistakes in spelling, grammar, style and punctuation will be treated as technical errors. After a few weeks I will deduct points for technical errors. Some early assignments will not be assigned a letter grade so you will have an opportunity to get up to speed on writing and style.
The goal will be to produce nine publishable or broadcast ready quality stories by the end of the semester. You will be writing on deadline, but will be given an opportunity to rewrite each story. Speed is important, but getting it right is more important. Once you know how to get it right, speed should follow.
All the following will add up to count the same as one publishable story: You will be expected to be read the Atlanta Journal Constitution each day as well regularly monitor broadcast media.
There will be spot quizzes to test how well you are keeping abreast of current events regionally, nationally and internationally. This participation will count towards your grade.
Story selection, coverage of the beat, and ultimate team output will be considered. You should have a good idea of your class standing at any given time during the semester because all your work will be returned with grades and comments.
One-on-one story editing sessions You should try to schedule up to 10 minutes to meet with me each week to discuss your writing.
Time will be best spent in pre-writing and or rewriting discussions. Every writer needs an editor. You should feel free to discuss grades with me, especially as they relate to a specific assignment or quiz, at any time.
However, the more time you focus on discussing your writing, the better are the chances your writing will improve and consequentially the more likely you will be to improve your grades. These minute conferences are outside my regular office hours.
I will have time slots for every 10 minutes from Poynter's News University is the world's leader in online journalism training, offering more than courses to help journalists, future journalists and teachers of journalism.
Advanced News Reporting and Writing Syllabus. News stories should be analyzed for both the quality of writing and depth of reporting.
We will discuss the content and structure of stories regularly in class. o “Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method,” 3 rd edition, by Carole Rich. The reporting and news gathering techniques learned in this class will be applicable and transferable to all forms of media, and there will be exposure to writing for the web, TV and radio.
However, emphasis will be on reporting and writing for print. The Syllabus Exchange, in partnership with the Broadcast Education Association, gives educators a way to enhance their curriculum by sharing ideas and teaching materials. An introductory course on the principles of writing for news and public relations that prepares students for advanced courses in writing and reporting.
You need more. This intensive workshop course stresses news reporting and writing techniques important in both print media and online news.
Coverage of news events on and off-campus is supplemented by in-class deadline writing exercises. Introduction: News Reporting is an intensive workshop for those interested in writing for newspapers, news magazines or other news media outlets.
Assignments may include a short factual report, longer researched article, personal reportage, editorial, obituary, profile, critical review, and query letter.