Writing for the Media (subject to change!)
Jan. 29: An introduction to syllabus and what this class is about. We’ll discuss format and WordPress site. News basics.
Feb. 5: What is news? Basic components of stories, news values and judgment. DUE: 3rd-PERSON BIO
Feb. 12: AP Style. Leads and story structure. Qualities of newswriting. DUE: News story analysis
Feb. 19: Story ideas. Gathering information through observation, interviews and reference sources. LEAD ASSIGNMENT DUE
Feb. 26: The basic news story. More on leads and newswriting style.
March 4. The other bits: nut graphs, quotations, attribution, headlines, sidebars, etc. Midterm prep. Story 1 due
March 11: NO CLASS. (COVID-19 TU CANCELLATION)
March 18: SPRING BREAK. NO CLASS.
March 25: News coverage DUE MIDTERM
April 1: Leads and structure STORY 2 (Green Coke)
April 8: Feature News. Online journalism
April 15: STORY 3 DUE, Story 2 revision
April 22: Writing news features, narrative journalism. Online storytelling
April 29: Looking at the communications industry. Trends. Story 4 (COVID VIGNETTE) DUE
May 6: Media Ethics.
May 13: Final Exam. FORMAT TBA. Story 5 DUE