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.