25: Introductions. Review syllabus. Discuss why journalism is important. For Aug. 30, 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.
30: Great Twitter Scavenger Hunt.
1: Storify. Linking. Writing tools and tips. Questions on Chapter 8: Digital Journalism, especially mobile and social media platforms. No reading for Sept. 6.
6: Writing tools and tips. My Favorite Dessert. The Wallet Exercise. For Sept. 8, read Writing Obituaries in Chapter 5 in Harrower. Also, check out the PowerPoint on Writing Obits under Newswriting on the the course website.
8: Writing tools. Do you have what it takes to be a reporter? Obits. For Sept. 13, read Chapters 1 and 2 in Harrower.
13: Writing tools. Reading questions. What is news? Page 1 game. Objectivity vs. fairness. Worksheet for reporters. For Thursday, read Chapter 10 in Harrower.
15: Writing tools. Questions due about reading. Rewriting a press release. Just the facts. Five stages of a story. For Sept. 20, read Chapter 3 in Harrower.
20: Writing tools and tips. Questions about reading. 5 Ws. Writing basic news ledes. Ledes that suck. How to write a good lede. For Sept. 22, read Covering Speeches and Covering Meetings (Chapter 5) in Harrower.
22: Writing tools. Covering speeches and meetings. No reading for Sept. 27.
27: Writing tools. Writing basic ledes. No reading for Sept. 29.
29: Writing tools. More basic, alternative ledes. Writing localizations. No reading for Oct. 4.
4: Writing tools. Writing basic news ledes. Writing alternative ledes. Inverted Pyramid. Also, check out NewsU “Lead Lab.” No reading for Oct 6.
6: Writing tools. Writing sports. No reading for Oct. 11.
11: Writing tools. Alternative ledes. Inverted pyramid and other story structures. Rewriting. Editing. No reading for Oct. 13.
13: Writing tools. Writing crime and court stories. No reading for Oct. 18.
18: Writing tips. Writing crime and court stories. Story structures. News writing style. Attribution. Research. Review for midterm. For Nov. 1, read Chapter 4 in Harrower.
25: Fall break.
27: No class. Swartz in Atlanta for the National College Media Convention.
1: Writing tool. Questions about reading due. Deadline writing. Where stories come from. Finding and using sources. Using the Internet. No reading for Nov. 3.
3: Writing tool. Diversity in news coverage. Gender/multicultural awareness. Observation. Taking Notes. Rock ‘n’ roll quotes. No reading for Nov. 8.
8: Writing tools. Observation. Taking notes. Rock ‘n’ roll quotes. Style. Attribution. Quotations. For Nov. 10, read Chapter 6 in Harrower.
10: Writing tools. Questions from reading due. Feature/Enterprise/InDepth reporting. No reading for Nov. 15.
15: Writing tools. Storytelling vs. Reporting a story. Feature style. No reading for Nov. 17.
17: Writing tools. Feature story structures. Investigative reporting. Writing profiles. Enterprise topics. For Nov. 22, read Chapter 7 in Harrower
22: Writing tools. Questions from reading due. Law and Ethics. Press rights. When things go wrong. Understanding libel. No reading for Nov. 29.
24: Thanksgiving break.
29: Writing tools. Invasion of privacy. Copyright law. Taste and decency. The 7 Deadly Sins. Journalistic Ethics.
1: Writing tools. Ethics. Review what we’ve learned this semester.
6: Writing tools. Review for final.
8: Final, Part 1.