SRJC Course Outlines

2/6/2023 5:29:29 PMJOUR 2 Course Outline as of Fall 2023

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  JOUR 2Title:  NEWS GATH AND WRITING  
Full Title:  News Gathering and News Writing
Last Reviewed:11/14/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled06 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  JOUR 1B

Catalog Description:
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Advanced writing class for print and online media.  Students will build skills in deadline news writing and learn to report, write, and use multimedia for a variety of story types, including news, opinion, social issues, entertainment reviews and feature/investigative pieces.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:
Concurrent Enrollment in JOUR 2L


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of JOUR 1 ( or JOUR 1A) and Course Completion of JOUR 1 ( or JOUR 1A) and Course Eligibility for ENGL 1ACourse Eligibility for ENGL 1A

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Advanced writing class for print and online media.  Students will build skills in deadline news writing and learn to report, write, and use multimedia for a variety of story types, including news, opinion, social issues, entertainment reviews and feature/investigative pieces.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Concurrent Enrollment in JOUR 2L
Recommended:Course Completion of JOUR 1 ( or JOUR 1A) and Course Completion of JOUR 1 ( or JOUR 1A) and Course Eligibility for ENGL 1ACourse Eligibility for ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1982Inactive:
 
C-ID:
 CID Descriptor: JOUR 210 Intermediate Reporting/Newswriting SRJC Equivalent Course(s): JOUR2

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable



COURSE CONTENT

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1. Develop story ideas, conduct research and interviews, and write news and feature stories, opinion pieces and entertainment reviews on deadline.
2. Use different media (i.e. audio, video) to create multimedia news and/or different types of stories.
3. Critically evaluate elements of effective journalism.
 

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Write a variety of news stories, such as police, court, disaster, and others on deadline.
2. Find and develop story ideas for news and feature stories.
3. Find sources, prepare, and conduct interviews.
4. Conduct research on story topics.
5. Write, edit, and refine news, feature, opinion and other types of stories.
6. Critically review a live entertainment performance, restaurant, or product.
7. Create news or feature stories using audio, video, or other digital media.
8. Identify effective journalism strategies and techniques in both professional and student stories in print, web, and multimedia formats.

Topics and Scope
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I. News Writing
    A. Inverted pyramid
    B. Deadline writing
    C. Developing story ideas
    D. Libel and ethics review
II. News Reporting of Story Types
    A. Localizing state and national stories
    B. Police and fire
    C. Storm and disaster
    D. Court reporting
    E. Obituaries
    F. Other story types
III. Social Issues Reporting
    A. Immersion journalism
    B. Social issues such as poverty, homelessness, immigration, addiction and more
    C. Ethics in reporting on social issues
IV. Opinion/Editorial Writing
    A. Opinion columns and essays
    B. Writing editorials
V. Entertainment Reporting
    A. Critical review of live events
    B. Movie and other reviews
    C. The critic versus the reviewer
VI. Multimedia Reporting
    A. Multimedia story critiquing
    B. Audio, video, podcasts, and photo galleries
    C. Storyboarding - text, audio, video, and photography elements
    D. Radio/television reporting (optional)
    E. Social media
VII. Features and Investigative Stories
    A. Types of feature stories
    B. Story idea development and research
    C. Leads/Ledes
    D. Story structure
    E. Story elements
    F. Editing

Assignments:
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1. Major article writing assignments (3-7)
2. Multimedia assignments (1-2)
3. Reading in textbook and/or online reader (5-30 pages per week)
4. Complete in-class or online writing exercises
5. Short homework assignments with short assignments to build reporting and writing skills (7-15) that include:
    A. Deadline news, feature, opinion, critical review, and other out-of-class writing assignments
    B. Lead writing assignments
    C. Interview assignments
    D. AP style grammar, punctuation, and conciseness exercises
    E. Research
    F. Research assignments
6. Exam(s) (1-2) and final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 50%
Articles
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 20%
Homework assignments
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
15 - 30%
Multimedia and homework assignments
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Exam(s); final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Attendance and classroom participation; in-class or online writing exercises


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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America's Best Newspaper Writing: A Collection of ASNE Prizewinners.  Clark, Roy Peter and Scanlan, Christopher. Bedford/St. Martin's. 2006 (classic).
OR America's Best Newspaper Writing. The Poynter Institute for Media Studies. current edition.
Feature Writing: The Pursuit of Excellence. 7th ed. Friedlander, Edward Jay and Lee, John. Pearson. 2010 (classic).
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing. Blundell, William. Plume. 1988 (classic).
Associated Press Stylebook. 56th ed. The Associated Press. Basic Books. 2022-2024.
The Associated Press Guide to Newswriting. Cappon, Rene J. 2019.
Instructor prepared materials

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