August:
22: Introductions. Review syllabus. Discuss why journalism is important. For Aug. 24, read Chapter 8 in Harrower; also read Bite-size basics for writing for mobile from the BBC, five tips for news writing for mobile audiences and how to use Twitter to write news. 
24:  Great Twitter Scavenger Hunt.

29: Storify. Linking. Writing tools and tips. Questions on Chapter 8: Digital Journalism, especially mobile and social media platforms.  No reading for Aug. 31.

31: Writing tools and tips. My Favorite Dessert. The Wallet Exercise. For Sept. 5, read chapters 1 and 2 in Harrower. Writing Obituaries in Chapter 5 in Harrower. Also, check out the PowerPoint on Writing Obits under Newswriting on the the course website.

September: 
5. Writing tools. Do you have what it takes to be a reporter? Reading questions. What is news? Page 1 game. Objectivity vs. fairness. For Sept. 7, read Obits in Chapter 5 in Harrower.
7: Writing tools. Reading questions. Obits. Objectivity vs. fairness. For Sept. 12, read Chapter 3 in Harrower.
12: Writing tools. Questions due about reading. 5 Ws. Writing basic news ledes. Ledes that suck. How to write a good lede. For Sept. 14, read Chapter 10 in Harrower.

14: Writing tools. Reading questions. Rewriting a press release. Just the facts. Five stages of a story. No reading for Sept. 19.
19: Writing tools and tips. More about writing ledes. How to write a good lede. For Sept. 21, read Covering Speeches and Covering Meetings (Chapter 5) in Harrower.

21: Writing tools. Covering speeches and meetings. No reading for Sept. 26.
27: Writing tools. Writing basic ledes. No reading for Sept. 28.
29: Writing tools. More basic, alternative ledes. Writing localizations. No reading for Oct. 3.

October:
3: Writing tools. Writing alternative ledes. Story structures and the Inverted Pyramid. For Oct. 5, read Sports in Chapter 5 of Harrower.
5: Writing tools. Writing sports. No reading for Oct. 11.
10: Writing tools. Alternative ledes. Inverted pyramid and other story structures. Rewriting. Editing. Review for midterm. No reading for Oct.  12.
12: Midterm. For Oct 19, read Chapter 5 in Harrower about Crime, Court, Accident and Disaster stories.

13-17: Fall break.
19: Writing tips. Reading questions. Writing crime and court stories. Story structures. News writing style. Attribution. Research. For Oct. 24, read Chapter 4 in Harrower.
24: Writing tool. Reading questions. Deadline writing. Where stories come from. Finding and using sources. Using the Internet. No reading for Oct. 26.

26: Writing tool. Story ideas. Reading questions. Diversity in news coverage. Gender/multicultural awareness. Finding and using sources. Using the Internet. Observation. Taking Notes. Rock ‘n’ roll quotes. No reading for Oct. 31.

31. Writing tools. Finding and using sources. Using the Internet. Observation. Taking notes, Rock ‘n’ roll quotes. Storytelling vs. Reporting a story. Feature style. For Nov. 2, read Chapter 6 in Harrower.

November

2: Writing tools. Observation. Taking notes. Rock ‘n’ roll quotes. Storytelling vs. Reporting a story. Feature Style. For Nov. 7, please read Chapter 6 in Harrower.
7: Writing tools. Reading questions. Storytelling vs. Reporting a Story. Interviewing. Feature story structures. Investigative reporting. No reading for Nov. 9.

9: No class.  For Nov. 14, read Chapter 6 in Harrower.
14: Writing tools.  Interviewing. Feature style. Feature story structures. Investigative reporting. Writing profiles. Enterprise topics. Reading questions.

16: Writing tools. Reading questions. Feature style. Feature story structures. Investigative reporting. Writing profiles. Enterprise topics. For Nov. 21, read Chapter 7 in Harrower.

21: Writing tools. Feature story structures. Investigative reporting. Law and Ethics. Press rights. When things go wrong. Understanding libel.  Libel and its defenses. No reading over Thanksgiving break.

23: Thanksgiving break.

28: Writing tools. Complete feature writing unit. Law and Ethics. Press rights. When things go wrong. Understanding libel. Libel and its defenses. No reading for Nov. 30.

30: Writing tools. Invasion of privacy. Copyright law. Taste and decency. The 7 Deadly Sins. Journalistic Ethics. The 7 words you cannot say on TV. Copyright law. Journalistic Ethics. No reading for Dec. 5.

December:
5: Evaluations. Writing tools. Journalistic Ethics. The Seven Words You Cannot Say on TV.  Review what we’ve learned this semester. Review for final.

7: Final, Part 1.

Final Exam: 11:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 13.