Fall 2015:
August:
25: Introductions; review syllabus; discuss coaching writers. For Thursday’s class, read chapters 1 and 9 in Harrigan and Dunlap.
27: How to use AP Stylebook, coaching writers, editors today, the copy editor’s role. For Sept. 1, read chapter 2 in Harrigan/Dunlap. Also, each student should develop 20 Associated Press Stylebook questions with answers and send them to me by noon Monday.

September:
1: Coaching writers. Defend my Job essay. Please write your 250-word Defend My Job essay and bring them to class on Thursday.
3: AP Style questions; discuss your Defend My Job essays; Dow Jones Editing Test; News judgment. For Sept. 8, read chapter three in Harrigan/Dunlap.
8. News judgment; grammar; George Carlin on language. For Sept. 10, read Chapter Three in Harrigan/Dunlap.
10: Grammar. George Carlin on language. Look for allies; Good writing. Editing for Style; AP Jeopardy. For Sept. 15, read Chapter Four in Harrigan/Dunlap.
15: Look for allies. Good writing. Editing for Style. AP Jeopardy. Editing for accuracy and fairness; spelling; Review for first test.
17. George Carlin on language. Look for allies. Good writing. Editing for Style. AP Jeopardy. Review for first test Sept. 22.
22: First test over chapters nine, one, two, three and four in Harrigan/Dunlap and anything we discussed in class. For Sept. 24, read Chapter 5 in Harrigan/Dunlap.
24: AP Jeopardy. Editing for accuracy and fairness. Spelling. For Sept. 29, read Chapter 6 in Harrigan and Dunlap.
29: Good writing. AP Jeopardy. Editing for Style. Editing for accuracy and fairness. Spelling. Legal and ethical issues. For Sept. 29, read Chapters 7 and 8 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

October:
1: Editing for accuracy and fairness. Spelling. Legal and Ethical Issues. Editing information. Editing meaning. Local vs. wire editing. No reading for Oct. 6.
6. Guest speaker. More editing for accuracy and fairness. Legal and Ethical issues. Local vs. Wire editing.
8: Editing for accuracy and fairness. Legal and Ethical issues. Local vs. wire editing. For Oct. 13, read Chapter 10 in Harrigan and Dunlap.
13: Legal and Ethical issues. Local vs. Wire reporting. Editing information and writing headlines. Review for midterm.
15: Midterm. For Oct. 20, read the introduction and chapter one in Harrower/Elman.
20: No class. Fall break.
22: Writing headlines. The fundamentals of design, shaping text, photos, writing cutlines, drawing dummies. Adobe InDesign, fundamentals of design. For Nov. 3, read chapter two in Harrower/Elman.
27: No Class.
29: No Class.

November:
3: Drawing dummies, designing stories without art, designing stories with mugs, text shapes, horizontal photos. What it’s called, tools of the trade, typography, the four basic elements; Mug shots, text shapes, horizontal photos, vertical photos, dominant photos, the picture combo, the grid.
5: Design fundamentals. Shaping text. Photos. Writing cutlines. Drawing dummies. Designing stories without art. For Nov. 10, please read chapter three in Harrower/Elman. Also, please develop 20 AP Stylebook questions with answers and send them to me by noon Monday.
10: Shaping text. Photos. Writing cutlines. Designing stories without art. Designing stories with mugs. Horizontal photos. What it’s called. Tools of the trade. Typography. Read Chapter 3 in Harrower/Elman for Thursday.
12: Designing stories with mugs. Horizontal photos. Four basic elements. Vertical photos, dominant photos, the picture combo, the grid. Modular design.
17: The picture combo. The grid. Front page design, making stories fit, inside pages, bad juxtapositions. Read Chapter 4 in Harrower/Elman.
19: Photo guidelines, photo constructs, compelling photos, weak photos, digital images, sizing photos, halftones and screens, scanning images, cropping photos, stand-alone photos.
24: AP quiz. Making stories fit. Inside pages. Sizing photos. Halftones and screens. Scanning images. Cropping photos. Stand-alone photos. The photo column. The photo page. Photo page guidelines. Photo illustrations. Risky business.

December:
1 and 3: Work on first part of final exam – editing.