Fall 2017:
August:
22: Introductions; review syllabus; discuss coaching writers. For Aug. 24, read chapters 1 and 9 in Harrigan and Dunlap.
24: How to use AP Stylebook, coaching writers, editors today, the copy editor’s role. For Aug. 29, 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.

29: Coaching writers. AP Style questions. Dow Jones editing test. News judgment. Grammar. George Carlin on language. For Aug. 31, please read Chapter 3 in Harrigan and Dunlap.

31: Look for allies. Good writing. Editing for Style. AP Jeopardy. Editing for accuracy and fairness. Spelling. For Sept. 5, read Chapter 4 in Harrigan and Dunlap.

September:
5: Grammar.  Good writing. George Carlin on language. Editing for Style. AP Jeopardy.  For Sept. 7, read Chapter 4 in Harrigan and Dunlap.
7: Look for allies. Good writing. Editing for Style. AP Jeopardy. George Carlin. Editing for accuracy and fairness. Spelling. Review for first test on Sept. 12.
12: First test over chapters nine, one, two, three and four in Harrigan/Dunlap and anything we discussed in class.
14: Guest speaker: Tim Linscott, Fairbury Journal News.  For Sept., 19, read Chapter 5 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

19: Good writing. AP Jeopardy. Editing for Style. Editing for accuracy and fairness. Spelling. George Carlin.  For Sept. 21, read Chapters 6 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

21: More editing for accuracy and fairness. More AP Jeopardy. Spelling. George Carlin. Local vs. Wire editing. Editing information. For Sept. 26, please read Chapters 6 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

26: Tools of the trade. Spelling. Local vs. wire editing. For Sept. 28, please read Chapter 6 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

28: Legal and ethical issues.  For Oct. 3, please read Chapters 7 and 8 in Harrigan.

October:

3: Spelling. Local vs. wire editing. For Oct. 5, please read Chapter 6 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

5: Legal and Ethical issues. For Oct. 10, please read Chapters 7 and 8 in Harrigan/Dunlap.

October:
10: Inside an editor’s brain. Generating story ideas. Directing the writer to sources. Ensuring completeness and context. Focus. Ledes. Organization. Voice. Review for midterm, which will cover Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Harrigan and Dunlap plus whatever we discussed in class. No reading for Oct. 12.

12: Midterm. Writing headlines. For Oct. 19, please read Chapter 10 in Harrigan.

13-17: Fall break.

19: Writing headlines. For Oct. 24, please read the introduction and Chapter 1 in Harrower/Elman.

24: The fundamentals. What it’s called, typography, the four basic elements; text;  photos; cutlines; drawing dummies. For Oct. 26, read chapter two in Harrower/Elman.

26: Stories without art; Mugs; text shapes; photos on the page; horizontal photos; vertical photos; dominant photos. For Oct. 31, please read Chapter 3 in Harrower/Elman. Please develop 20 AP Stylebook questions with answers and send them to me by noon Monday.

31: Happy Halloween! The picture combo; square photos. The grid; pages without art; pages with art; modular design.  No reading for Nov. 2.

November:
2: Front page design; making stories fit; inside pages. Double trucks; bad juxtapositions; rules of thumb. For Nov. 7, please read Chapter 4 in Harrower/Elman.

7: AP Jeopardy. Photo guidelines, photo constructs, compelling photos, weak photos, digital images, sizing photos, halftones and screens, scanning images, cropping photos, stand-alone photos. No reading for Nov. 9.

9: Making stories fit. Inside pages. Sizing photos. Halftones and screens. Scanning images. Cropping photos. No reading for Nov. 14.

14: Stand-alone photos. The photo column. The photo page. Photo page guidelines. Photo illustrations. Risky business. For Nov. 16, please read Chapter 5 in Harrower/Elman.

16: Nuts & bolts: The flag. Logos and sigs. Liftout quotes. Decks and summaries. Bylines. Credit lines. Spacing. No reading for Nov. 21.

21: Rules & boxes. Refers, teasers and promos. Breaking up text. Jumps. For Nov. 28, please read Chapter 6 in Harrower and Elman.

22-26: Thanksgiving break.

28: Alternative story forms. ASF presentations. Fast facts. Bio boxes. Lists. Checklists. Q&As. Quizzes. Polls and surveys. No reading for Dec. 5.

December:

5 and 7: Choose newsworthy copy for P. 1 final assignment. Edit copy for the assignment.