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COMD 265 : Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting
Introduction to the fundamentals, theories and practice of news writing and reporting. Identify what constitutes news, as demonstrated by daily news media, conduct interviews, generate story ideas, and write and report news stories using Associated Press style, inverted pyramid organization, and the five Ws of news writing content. Introduction to how editorial departments in contemporary news organizations operate, to the legal, ethical and cultural issues in the news business, the evolution of digital and social media in the news media, and various news-writing strategies beyond the inverted pyramid.

To introduce students to the theory and practice of journalistic writing style; to write using Associated Press style and the inverted pyramid; understand the five Ws of news-writing and incorporate those into well-organized, objective news stories; identify what constitutes news and understand the steps necessary to report a story fairly, accurately and in a manner that will draw the interest of readers; understand the role sources play in news-writing and how to use those sources to generate or complement reporting; understand and execute proper interviewing techniques, learn to properly punctuate quotations and effectively incorporate quotations into a news story; compose well-written, thoroughly reported stories on deadline; report news using digital and social media technology; introduce students to ethical and legal issues in journalism.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to: Write thorough, well-organized news stories on deadline using Associated Press style and incorporating the five Ws of newswriting. Recognize what constitutes news and quality journalism. Write lively leads that will engage readers. Identify sources necessary to write thorough news stories, interview those sources effectively and incorporate into news stories the information and quotations generated from those interviews. Distinguish among hard news stories, feature stories, editorials and other types of stories common to mainstream and converged news media. Use research techniques to gather facts, statistics and sources necessary to write with authority on a variety of topics, such as crime, government, politics, business, education, the environment, weather, technology, transportation, legal issues, entertainment and sports. Understand the various beats that comprise editorial content at news organizations and the various story types used in effective coverage of a beat. Improve editing, grammar and usage skills. Understand the role news coverage plays in helping readers improve their lives in a free society. Utilize digital and social media tools in reporting stories.

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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
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