Schedule

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

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