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
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. 5: GRAMMAR TEST
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
Dec. 17: Final Exam