News Reporting & Writing

About the Class

This introductory-level course is designed to be collaborative and learner-friendly. There will be reading assignments from an assigned text book, which we will discuss in class. All readings should be completed prior to class. The very best writers are also avid readers, so this is not only about class discussion but about honing your skills as a writer. The remainder of our time will be spent writing and editing various styles of articles to build your portfolios. During our time together, class will be conducted as if it were a media outlet bullpen. Your behavior should reflect the same. You will have developed the beginnings of a digital writing portfolio by the end of this course. If you’d like my help to build a full online portfolio, please ask.

The Journalism Curriculum

The Journalism curriculum has 11 goals for students to achieve throughout their academic career. These are adopted from the ACEJMC, and this course includes several of them:

  • Understand and apply the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of groups in a global society
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles
  • Think critically, creatively and independently
  • Conduct research and evaluate information
  • Write correctly and clearly

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should:

  • Be able to identify and execute the basic reporting and writing skills necessary to meet professional journalism standards
  • Demonstrate a grasp of AP and digital writing styles
  • Discuss journalistic approaches to coverage of current events
  • Explain the importance of a free press in a democratic society
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