J 216: News Reporting and Writing

Credits 4

Introduces basics of reporting and journalistic writing, including news style, grammar and story structure. Students also study journalism history, literature, ethics, law and critical thinking as applied to information gathering. Through the creation of original works, students will explore culture and diversity. Examples may include learning how to cover violence and race in a traditional inverted pyramid story format or learning fairness in coverage of sexual harassment and gender issues in the American workplace. Focuses on style and story structure for print, online and social media publication and discusses the rights and responsibilities of the public communicator. Emphasizes journalistic style and format, accuracy and clarity in writing. Emphasizes understanding media bias and avoiding it in their own work.