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JOU 121 - Newswriting and Reporting


Last Date of Approval: Spring 2021

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course focuses on of the principles of news gathering and news writing, with emphasis on journalistic writing. Basic news story structure and development, news evaluation, news gathering methods, interviewing, craftsmanship, and reporting techniques in general are explored. Newspaper and other news and information media are analyzed. The course is particularly recommended for communications and journalism majors and those planning careers in news media, public relations, communications, corporate communication, and news and informational multimedia. This course helps students build confidence in their communication skills while also enabling them to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Common Course Assessment(s): None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
  1. Discuss the role of journalism in a democratic society.
  2. Examine the legal and ethical issues associated with news reporting and the First Amendment.
  3. Apply basic research skills using interviews and online sources.
  4. Write a basic news story.
  5. Create and publish media messages in a variety of platforms.

Course Objectives

  1. Examine the role of journalism in a democratic society.
  2. Examine the legal and ethical issues associated with news reporting and the First Amendment.
    1. Discuss legal and ethical issues related to news gathering and reporting.
    2. Demonstrate ethical and professional standards of journalism.
  3. Apply basic research skills using interviews and online sources.
    1. Generate newsworthy story ideas.
    2. Conduct field research including interviews.
    3. Conduct electronic research using databases, public records, and other sources.
    4. Evaluate evidence for reliability, sufficiency, and appropriateness.
  4. Write a basic news story.
    1. Write an effective lead.
    2. Organize a story effectively.
    3. Attribute information properly using direct and indirect sources.
    4. Apply AP format and proper standards of English grammar, usage, and mechanics.
  5. Create and publish media messages in a variety of platforms.



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