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JOU8101

Course
JOU8101
Course Title
News Writing for Print, Online and Broadcast Journalism

Description

Learn the ins-and-outs of news writing from a "pro” and gain valuable insight into the world of journalistic news. This six-week course details the writing and reporting processes in journalistic news and offers tips on how to accurately report your story.  Topics covered will include: different types of news stories (features, hard news, first-person and columns), the writing and editing process and how to pitch a story idea.

Objectives

Upon completion of the course, you will learn:

  • The different types of stories - features, hard news, first-person and columns
  • The preparation and legwork necessary before you start to write
  • The writing process for submissions and publications

Content

1. What is journalism?

  • How news writing should work
  • Types of jobs in the printed news, online or broadcast: hard news, feature news and opinion pieces
  • Course syllabus

2. On the writing process

  • Base work and preparation
  • Research and interviewing
  • Use of multiple sources

3.  Parts of a story: the writing pyramid of who-what-where-why-how

  • Leads and paragraphs
  • Examples of good and bad writing
  • What should an article contain?
  • Editing, proofing, fact checking and the AP Stylebook

-First writing assignment: You will be given a local topic to research, complete with interviews to write up as a news report

4. Review the writing assignment; discuss ethics

  • Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics
  • Honesty in reportage

5. Pitches and publications

  • What is news? How to find/create a sellable story
  • How to pitch your story
  • How to match the pitch to the publication
  • - Mini-assignment: Pitch a story idea to the instructor

- Second writing assignment: Write a feature story based on the pitch from Week #5

6. Review writing assignment and wrap-up

  • Additional information regarding taxes and what to do if you want to learn more (time permitting)

Prerequisites

Basic writing skills preferred

Method of Instruction

  • Lectures, writing assignments, critiques and optional, weekly online session with instructor and other students

Evaluation

  • Exam:  No
  • Class attendance and participation:  Yes
  • Demonstration of skills:  Completion of outside assignments