Class Schedule Spring ’09

Assignment and Class Schedule: MC 106 Newspaper Editing and Design
Tentative Schedule – Subject to change and modification

Week 1: 1/8/2009

  • Introduction
  • Review of Syllabus, Class expectations, Class Profiles
  • Review of Assignments
  • Discussion of Blogging Project for class members
  • Assigned Reading For Next Week: Chapter 1 –The story of journalism.

Week 2: 1/15/2009

  • · The back story. How did we get here?
  • · The story of journalism: Introdustion to the craft of journalism, its history and evolution from its beginning through the modern era.
  • · Demonstration: Online learning center for the Inside Reporting text
  • · Review blog “beats” with students
  • · Demonstration: Setting up a blog accounts using Web Press and writing first blog entry.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises.
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Review Chapter 2 — How newsrooms work
  • Week 3: 1/22/2009
  • · The business of news
  • · How newsrooms work: What is news? What readers want. How a story gets written. Who’s who? Terms. The press room.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · Outreach: On-campus opportunities for honing journalism skills
  • · QUIZ: Chapters 1-2 – The story of journalism and How newsrooms work
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Chapter 3 – Newswriting basics

Week 4: 1/29/2009

  • · The nuts and bolts of newswriting (Part 1)
  • · The basics: Just the facts. The Five W’s. The inverted pyramid. Writing basic news leads. Beyond the basics. Leads that succeed.
  • · Demonstration: Beyond the blog basics.
  • · In-class lab: Writing basic news leads.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises and self-tests
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Review Chapter 3 – Newswriting basics.

Week 5: 2/5/2009

  • · The nuts and bolts of newswriting (Part 1)
  • · Beyond the basics: After the lead, what next? Story structure. Rewrites. Editing. Style. Deadlines. Sixty six newswriting tips.
  • · Demonstration: Blogs in review.
  • · In-class lab: Writing basic leads. Organizing and outlining stories.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises and evaluations
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Chapter 4 – Reporting basics.

Week 6: 2/12/2009

  • · A reporter’s life (Part 1)
  • · Reporting basics: The difference between reporting and writing. Where stories come from. Observation. Taking notes. Interviewing.
  • · In-class lab: Developing interviewing skills.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises and self-tests
  • · QUIZ: Chapter 3 – Newswriting basics
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: review Chapter 4 – Reporting basics.

Week 7: 2/19/2009

  • · A reporter’s life (Part 2)
  • · Reporting basics: More on interviewing. Quotations. Attributions. Math for journalists.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · In-class lab: Writing personality profiles.
  • · In-class lab: AP Style basics
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Chapter 5 — Covering the news.

Week 8: 2/26/2009

  • · The Wide, Wild Word of News
  • · Covering the news: (REACTIVE JOURNALSM). Covering beats. Writing obits. Accidents & disasters. Fires. Crime. Courts. Speeches. Meetings. Politics. Sports.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · QUIZ: Chapter 4 – Reporting basics
  • · Review: Review for Mid-Term Examination
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Chapter 6 – Beyond breaking news.

Week 9: 3/5/2009

  • · The Daily Bread of the News Business (Part 1)
  • · Beyond Breaking News: (PROACTIVE JOURNALISM). Features. Story ideas. Feature styles and story structures. Writing profiles.
  • · In-class lab: writing project overview and brainstorming
  • · Assigned Reading for After Spring Break: Review Chapter 6 – Beyond breaking news.
  • · EXAM: MID TERM EXAMINATION – Chapters 1-5

SPRING BREAK 3/12/2009 – No Class
Week 10: 3/19/2009

  • · The Daily Bread of the News Business (Part 2)
  • · Beyond Breaking News: (PROACTIVE JOURNALISM). Enterprise projects. Investigative reporting. Package planning. Short forms. Editorial and columns. Reviews.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · In-class lab: class blogging update
  • · In-class lab: DEADLINE: writing project topic assignments.
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: read Chapter 7 — Law & Ethics.

Week 11: 3/26/2009

  • · Doing the Legal Thing (Part 1)
  • · Law & Ethics: Press rights and wrongs. Understanding libel. Privacy. Copyright law.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · In-class lab: Getting to know the First Amendment
  • · In-class lab: Writing project strategies and expectations
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Review Chapter 7 – Law & Ethics.

Week 12: 4/2/2009

  • · Doing the Right Thing (Part 2)
  • · Law & Ethics: Taste and decency. Censorship and self-censorship. Seven deadly sins. Journalistic ethics.
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · In-class lab: Ethics survey
  • · In-class lab: What would you do? Case studies in ethical decision making
  • · QUIZ: Chapter 7 — Law & Ethics
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Chapter 8 – Online Reporting.

Week 13: 4/9/2009

  • · The New Frontier of Journalism
  • · Online reporting: from print to the web, convergence, online story options, writing for online media, the future of news
  • · In-class lab: Blogging update
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · DEADLINE: Writing project due.
  • · Assigned Reading for Next Week: Chapters 9 & 10 –Broadcast journalism and Public Relations.

Week 14: 4/16/2009

  • · The Wide and Wider World of Media Writing
  • · Broadcast Journalism and Public Relations: Broadcast news. Writing for broadcast. Radio and television news. Public relation. Planning PR strategies. Writing new releases. Balance and bias.
  • · In-class lab: Writing exercises
  • · In-class lab: Online exercises
  • · In-class lab: Review of writing project submissions
  • · QUIZ: Chapter 8 – Online Reporting

Week 15: 4/23/2009

  • · The past, the present and the future of journalism
  • · In-class lab: discussion of the future of journalism in a digital world
  • · Final MakeUp day for any missed work.
  • · In class lab: Final review of blogging project
  • · QUIZ: Chapters 9 & 10 – Broadcast journalism and public relations
  • · Review for comprehensive final examination (Chapters 1-10).

Week 16: 4/30/2009

  • · FINAL EXAMINATION
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