Writing for the Media (subject to change!)


Aug. 27: An introduction to syllabus and what this class is about. We’ll discuss format and WordPress site. News basics.

Sept. 3: NO CLASS. Labor Day HOLIDAY.

Sept. 10: What is news? Basic components of stories, news values and judgment. DUE: 3rd-PERSON BIO

Sept. 17: AP Style. Element of good writing through examination of essays and news stories. NO CLASS! DUE TO A SCHEDULE CONFLICT.

Sept. 24: AP Style. Leads and story structure. Qualities of newswriting. DUE: News story analysis 

Oct. 1: Story ideas. Gathering information through observation, interviews and reference sources. LEAD ASSIGNMENT DUE  

Oct. 8: The other bits: nut graphs, quotations, attribution, headlines, sidebars, etc. Midterm prep. STORY 1 DUE

Oct. 15: Writing stories. MIDTERM

Oct. 22: News coverage STORY 2 DUE

Oct. 29: Features, leads and structure


Nov. 12:More on features. Online journalism

Nov. 19: In-class Workshop STORY 3 DUE

Nov. 26:Looking at the communications industry. Trends. Story 4 DUE

Dec. 3: Ethics

Dec. 10: Last class. TBA Story 5 DUE. Revision of Story 3 DUE

Dec. 17: Final Exam. Meet at 7:30 p.m. (according to TU schedule)

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