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[JRN 3200]
News Writing AND REporting
SCHEDULE

 

Course Schedule - Weekly Overview

This is a tentative schedule for the semester. You will be notified of any changes. All assignments and deadlines will be posted on this page.

 

 

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Welcome to JRN 3200!

This semester you will work on developing your news writing and reporting skills

with an emphasis on community and on-campus reporting and information gathering.

You also will use social media to keep up-to-date on local and national news.

 

QUIZZES: Quizzes open on Mondays at 8 a.m. and close Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

All quizzes are administered on E-Learning.
All quizzes are due before the class meetings listed below.

Quizzes are timed, so it's best to finish the readings prior to taking the quizzes.

Quizzes are marked in yellow on this "Schedule" page for your convenience.

 

ABSOLUTELY NO CELL PHONE USE DURING CLASS TIME!

IF YOU USE YOUR CELL PHONE DURING CLASS, DEDUCTIONS WILL BE TAKEN FROM YOUR FINAL GRADE.

 

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 Carole Rich textbook,

Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 8th edition, online.

 

Click on the underlined links below to access information online.
The course schedule may change throughout the semester.

 

Date

Topic

Readings/Class Preparation

In-Class Assignments

Story Assignments

Jan. 9

Introduction to Course

 

Introductions

Registration/Purchase Online Textbook (Cengage/MindTap) and AP Stylebook

 

Review of Basic News Concepts and Journalistic Style

Purchase your textbooks. Go to the "Textbook" tab for specific instructions.

 

Click here and register for News University

 

 

 

 
Jan. 11

Profile Story Structure and Organization

 

Interviewing Basics

 

Interviewing and Classmate Profile Stories

Ch. 1, 2, 7, 8 (JRN 1000 Review)

 

Read online story : At a certain age, nothing is more important than
fitting in

The Oregonian

 

Start your news Twitter account.

In-Class

Asssignment 1:
Classmate Interviews/Profiles + Audio or Video clip (finish for homework) - Due Jan. 12 by 2 p.m.

 
Jan. 16

Classmate Profile Stories - Accuracy Checks

 

Discuss Upcoming Profile Story Assignment

 

Discuss

Accuracy Form

 

QUIZ 1: Chapter 1, 2, 7, 8

Review online story : At a certain age, nothing is more important than
fitting in

The Oregonian

 

 

In-Class Assignment 2: Classmate Profile Accuracy Check

(complete Accuracy Form below and discuss)

Jan. 18

REVIEW : Hard News Story Structure, News Leads and AP Style

 

 

Read these online stories:

 

In deepest cold, a subway car becomes shelter of last resort

 

A burst of gunfire, a pause, then carnage in Las Vegas that would not stop

In-Class Assignment 3: NewsScene - Bank Robbery

 

Take the notes you will need to write the story.

 

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

Jan. 23

REVIEW: Critiques and rewrties of Bank Robbery Story

 

QUIZ 2: AP Style - Numbers

Bring a printed copy of the Bank Robbery Story to class.

 

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU PRINT BEFORE CLASS.

In-Class Assignment 4: Bank Robbery Rewrites

Jan 25

Obituaries

Ch. 17

 

Examples of Obits

Death Notices

National Obits

Portraits

In-Class Assignment 5: News University - On the Beat: Writing an Obituary

(Review and take notes for material under all tabs except the "Write an Obituary" tab)

Jan. 30

Obituaries

 

QUIZ 3- Ch. 17

 

In-Class Assignment 6: Obituary  
Feb. 1 Obituaries - Critiques and Rewrites   In-Class Assignment 7: Obituary Rewrites

 

Story 1 Due: Profile Story

Feb. 6

Speech Stories


Finding Newsworthy Speeches

 

Discuss Story Assignment 2 (Speech Story)

 

QUIZ 4- Ch. 18

Ch. 18

 

Examples of Speeches

 

 

 

In-Class Assignment 8: Finding Speeches

 

To find speeches to attend, check out

WMU's News Website

and

MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

 

Feb. 8

Speech Stories

 

In-Class Assignment 9: Speeches

 
Feb. 13

 

 

Profile Story Revisions


QUIZ 5: AP Style


 

 

 

 

Profile Story Revisions

 

Feb. 15

Speech Stories

 

 

 

In-Class Assignment 10: Watch video of speech. Take notes.

 

 
Feb. 20

MIDTERM EXAM

 

 

 

Feb. 22 Speech Stories   In-Class Assignment 11: Speech Story - Write the Story  
Feb. 27

Speech Stories

 

QUIZ 6: AP Style

  In-Class Assignment 12: Speech Story - Critiques and Rewrites  
March 1

Speech Stories

 

 

 

 

Story 2 Due: Speech Story (campus or community)

 

HAVE A GREAT SPRING BREAK!
March 13

Public Meetings

 

QUIZ 7: AP Style

Review Ch. 18

 

Kalamazoo City Commission Meeting - Recycling Story

 

Kalamazoo City Commission Meeting - Raises for Public Officials Story

 

Kalamazoo City Commission Meeting - Kik Pool Story

In-Class Assignment 13: Covering Public Meetings  
March 15

Public Meetings

 

 

In-Class Assignment 14: Covering Public Meetings

 
March 20

Speech Story Rewrites

 

QUIZ 8: Ch. 4

Ch. 4

 

COMPLETE TUTORIAL BEFORE CLASS

News University - Get Me Rewrite: The Craft of Revision

In-Class Assignment 15:
Speech Story Rewrite
 
March 22

Finding and Developing Story Ideas

 

Discuss Final Story Assignment

 

Accuracy Form

Ch. 3

 

Twenty-one ways to find story ideas

 

Read: The Energy Burden (Student-produced multimedia news) - Read "The Storm"

 

In-Class Assignment 16: Story Ideas

 
March 27

 

 

Finalize Story Ideas

 

Background Story Research

 

Interviewing - Basics and Scheduling

 

QUIZ 9: Ch. 5

Read Ch. 5

Reading Handout - Finding and Evaluating Your Story

 

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

 

READ:

Focus your story

 

In-Class Assignment 17: Pitching and "Testing" Your Story Idea

 

 

March 29

Interviewing

 

 

Start scheduling and working on interviews!

In-Class Assignment 18:

Story Idea Development and Focus and Sourcing

 
April 3

Interviewing

 

QUIZ 10: Ch. 10

READ:

Interviewing: A Practical Guide for
Citizen Journalists

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

 

Interview Tips

 

Keep working on interviews!

In-Class Assignment 19: Writing and Asking Good Interview Questions  
April 5

Alternative Story Forms

 

Writing a Great Creative Lead

 

 

Ch. 10

 

READ: Mrs. Kelly's Monster

 

Mrs.Kelly's Monster (annotated copy at the end of this interview about the story)

 

Keep working on interviews!

In-Class Assignment 20: News University - Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Creating Alternative Story Forms

 

 

 

April 10

Reporting Day

 

QUIZ 11: AP Style

Keep working on interviews!    
April 12

 

Copy Editing

 

Bring in an e-copy of Story 3

 

In-Class Assignment 21: Review News University: Cleaning Your Copy

Story 3 Due: News Issue Story/Narrative Style

(campus or community issue)

April 17

Peer Critiques

 

Online Journalism:

Taking it Online

 

QUIZ 12: Ch. 12

Read Ch. 12

 

Bring in two paper copies of your story

 

Bring an e-copy of your story

 

 

April 19

 

READ:

Select and read two stories from

Multimedia Examples

In-Class Assignment 22: News Issue Story Rewrites

 

 

 

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

 

Source Accuracy Check Form

 

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

 

FINAL EXAM DATE AND TIME

Thursday April 26 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

 

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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