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[JRN 2100]
News Writing AND REporting

 

Course Schedule - Weekly Overview

This is a tentative schedule for the semester. You will be notified of any changes.

 

 

Announcements

 

 

Study for the Final Exam

(see dates and times below)

 

Shortcut to the Rich Textbook Website and Online AP Style Quizzes:

http://login.cengage.com/sso/

 

STORY/REPORTING ASSIGNMENT FORMS:

Interview Release Form

Source Accuracy Check Form

 

Items to bring to every class:

1. Flash drive

2. AP Stylebook

3. Headset/Earbuds

 

Questions? Ask Dr. Steinke.

 

 

The best writers are readers.

You should read the news on a daily basis.

You also need to complete the assigned readings BEFORE each class.

All assigned book chapters are found the Rich textbook, Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 7th edition.

 

Click on the underlined links below to access information online.

 

Date

Topic

Readings

Web Sites

In-Class Assignments

Story/Reporting Assignments

Jan. 10

Introduction to Course and
Course Web Site

 

Basic News Concepts

Buy your textbooks
and your Cengage
passcode folder so you can sign up for a Cengage account

Click here and sign up with

News University

Jan. 12

 

Introductions, Interviewing and Profiles

 

Creating Audio Clips

Ch. 1,17 (Profiles only)

 

Read online story listed in box to the right

What makes this profile compelling?

What interviewing and research led to

this profile?

At a certain age, nothing
is more important than
fitting in

The Oregonian

http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6449

In-Class

Asssignment:
Profiles

Jan. 17

Class Member Profile Stories

 

Interviewing Basics

 

Discuss Upcoming Profile Story/

Reporting Assignment

 

Release Form

Accuracy Form

Class Member Profile Story Due

 

 

   
Jan. 19

Review: News Story Structure, News Leads and AP Style

 

Discuss Profile Story Assignment

IMPORTANT: Bring your Cengage Passcode/Folder to class today!

 

Ch. 2,7,8

 

Check out the online story listed in box to the right

What are the news values of this breaking story?

How did online coverage unfold for this breaking story?
What multimedia were used? Describe the timeline or sequence of events for coverage of this story?

 

View the online exhibits located at:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/lakewoodshootings/

 

Entire coverage found at:

http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/8868

In-Class Assignment: NewsScene -
Bank Robbery
- Log into your Cengage account.

 

Finish for homework. Print and bring a copy to the next class.

 
Jan . 24

Review instructions for Reporting Assignment

Release Form

Accuracy Form

 

Profiles


Bank Robbery Story Due

 

Check out online stories listed in box to the right

VIDEO PROFILES

How were multimedia used in these profile?

How did telling the story using multimedia
differ from telling the story in print?

 

She's 97 and homeless

 

The Practice Round (NYT)

 

A chance encounter -- two amputees
helping another

 

How we live now

In-Class Assignment:
Profile Story Ideas
 
Jan. 26

Profile Story Preparation

 

REVIEW Ch. 17 (Read about profiles only)

PRINT AND VIDEO PROFILE

 

Samantha Garvey, Intel Semi-Finalist, Huffington Post Story and Video

 

PRINT PROFILE

 

A troubled, would-be cop here


INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND PROFILES
Academy of Achievement
Interviews and Profiles

 

 

In-Class Assignment:
Wkbk -18-1-
Profile Checklist
 
Jan. 31

Obituaries

 

Ch. 17 (Obituaries only)

Examples of Obits

 

Death Notices

 

National Obits

 

Portraits

 

In-Class Assignment:
Wkbk - 17-4 (a)

 

 

 

 

Feb. 2

Obituaries (cont.)

 

Discussion of In-Class Assignment 17-4(a)

 

Start AP Style Quizzes

 

 

In-Class Assignment:
News University-
On the Beat: Writing an Obituary

(Review material for all tabs except the "Write an Obituary" tab)

Profile Story Due
Feb. 7

Speeches


Finding Newsworthy Speeches

 

 

Ch. 18

 

To find speeches...

 

Check out

WMU's News Website

and

Kalamazoo Gazette

Local Speech Stories

 

Edison residents take tips ...

 

Author Michael Eric Dyson urges people to be brave

 

Speeches from the White House

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/

 

 

In-Class Assignment:
Watch video of
speech. Take notes.

What would the lead be about?

Write the lead and nut graf.

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/

 
Feb. 9

Speech Stories

 

AP Style

 

 

 

 

In-Class Assignment:

Watch video.

Take notes.

Write the story.

 

White House Speech - First Lady

 

Profile Story: Accuracy/Permission Forms Due Today! You will not receive a grade for this assignment until all forms have been completed.
Feb. 14

Speech Stories: Critiques and Rewrites

 

Review for Mid-term Exam

    In-Class Assignment: Speech story rewrites.  
Feb. 16 Mid-term Exam        
Feb. 21 Covering Meetings Ch. 18

City of Kalamazoo Website

http://www.kalamazoocity.org
/portal/index.php

 

City Commission Meetings

http://www.kalamazoocity.org/portal/government.

php?page_id=870

 

Local Meetings Stories


Kalamazoo Farmers' Market Master Plan Update

 

Kalamazoo City Commisssion Approves $519 million budget for 2012

In-Class Assignment: News Scene- City Council Meeting

 

Take notes.

Write lead and nut graf.

Feb. 23

Covering

Meetings

 

Discussion of Meeting Story

 

 

In-Class Assignment: News Scene- City Council Meeting

 

Finish story.

Critiques

 

 

Feb. 28

Finding Story Ideas

 

Discussion of Final Reporting Assignment Story

 

Interview Release Form

 

Accuracy Form

Ch. 3,4

Twenty-one ways to find story ideas

 

 

To be used during class:

Western Herald

Western Herald Archives

 

Kalamazoo Gazette

 

Lexis/Nexis - Guided News Search
Go to WMU Library Website and Select Databases

In-Class Assignment: Finding Newsworthy Story Ideas

(List and type up 3 story ideas from news media + 3 story idea from observations. For each idea, discuss why each one has news value)

 

 
March 1

Discussion of Story Ideas

 

Interviewing - Basics and Scheduling

 

 

Work on Story Idea

Focus your story

 

 

In-Class Assignment: Story Idea Proposal Memo Due

 
March 6

 

 

SPRING

BREAK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 8 SPRING BREAK!        
March 13

AP STYLE

 

Finalize Story Ideas

-- By the end of class you MUST select a story idea!

Still looking for a great story idea?

 

Check out these recent studies for national issues that could be localized...

 

Journalist's Resource

 

VIDEO -- Associated Press: How to Pitch a News Story

 

In-Class Assignment:

Final Reporting Assignment Story Proposal Memo Due

 

 

March 15

 

 

Interviewing and Souring: Background Research and Planning for Interviews

Start scheduling interviews!

 

Ch. 5

 

 

In-Class Assignment:

Background Research

 
March 20

AP STYLE

 

Interviewing

Keep working on interviews!

 

Ch. 6

Interviewing: A Practical Guide for
Citizen Journalists

http://www.kcnn.org/interviewing/

 

First Lady in South Africa - Interview

In-Class Assignment: Story/Concept Maps and Interviewing Plan  
March 22

INTERVIEWING DAY

 

Review Final Reporting Assignment Instructions

Keep working on interviews!    

 

 

March 27

AP STYLE

 

Interviewing Strategies for Coping with Challenges

 

Ethics and Interviewing

Keep working on interviews!

 

Ch. 15

 

 

In-Class Assignment - Revise your Story Map

Prepare a Story Outline

 

 

 

March 29

AP STYLE

 

Writing the Story

 

Writing a Great Lead

 

Copy Editing

Keep working on interviews!

 

REVIEW: Ch. 7, 8

Ch. 10

 

     

MONDAY, April 2, 6 p.m.,

Fetzer Center,Kirsch Auditorium

COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY PUBLIC LECTURE

 

 

REQUIRED: ATTEND COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY PUBLIC LECTURE (Click here for details on the lecture).

 

Assignment: ATTEND AND COVER COMMUNICATION AND COMMUNITY PUBLIC LECTURE (Click for details on assignment).

 

April 3

AP STYLE

 

Story Drafts

Bring in ALL materials for your story (notes, research)  

In-Class Assignment: Writing Workshop

 

April 5

 

AP STYLE

 

Multimedia Journalism:

Taking it Online

Ch. 12  

In-Class Assignment:

News University- Five Steps to Multimedia Storytelling

 

 

 

Final Reporting Assignment Story Due

 

Final Reporting Assignments will be returned on April 17 for revisions.

Stories turned in late (after they have been collected) will be subject to a grade deduction.

 

April 10

AP STYLE

 

Multimedia Journalism:

Creating Storyboards


 

Best of 2011 Multimedia Examples

 

Empty Cradles

 

Victims of Gang Violence

In-Class Assignment: Create Storyboards

 

 

 
April 12 AP STYLE

Accuracy and Fact Checking
Bring a copy of your photos and audio to class.

 

Accuracy and Fact Checking

 

http://www.kcnn.org/principles/accuracy_

and_fact_checking_in_journalism

 

Upload headline, bio., photos, captions, audio online


http://journalismatwmu.com/

 

In-class Assignment: Bios., Headlines, Captions, Photos

Accuracy Check Forms Due Today! You will not receive a grade for this assignment until all forms have been completed.

 

All of these must be printed and turned in.

April 17

AP STYLE

 

JRN Internships

 

Story Revisions

 

http://journalismatwmu.com/

Bring an e-copy of your final story to class.

 

In-Class Assignment: Story Revisions

 

 
April 19

Review for Final Exam

 

Story Revisions/Copy Editing

Bring questions!

 

Ch. 24

Upload story to


http://journalismatwmu.com/

  Study for Final Exam! (see dates below)

Please note that grades and class status cannot be given or discussed by e-mail or by phone.

 

 

Mid-term and Final Exams - ADMINSTERED BY E-LEARNING ONLY IN THE COMPUTER LAB!

 

FINAL EXAM DATE AND TIME (please note the time for your class session):

 

9:30 a.m. Class - Thursday, April 26, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 

11 a.m. Class - Tuesday, April 24, 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

 

Mid-term and final exams are administered by e-learning in the computer lab.

You must be present in the computer lab to take the exams.

No make-up exams will be given.

 

Bring your AP Stylebook to the mid-term and final exams.

 

 

 

Dr. Jocelyn Steinke
School of Communication
Program in Gender and Women’s Studies
Western Michigan University
E-mail: jocelyn.steinke@wmich.edu

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