SRJC Course Outlines

9/21/2021 7:20:40 PMJOUR 2 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  JOUR 2Title:  NEWS GATH AND WRITING  
Full Title:  News Gathering and News Writing
Last Reviewed:9/24/2018

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled2.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled35.00
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled1.006 min.Lab Scheduled17.50
 Contact DHR2.00 Contact DHR35.00
 Contact Total5.00 Contact Total87.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  70.00Total 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:


Recommended Preparation:
Course Completion of JOUR 1 and 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:
Recommended:Course Completion of JOUR 1 and 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: Major Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
 
1. Write a variety of news stories, such as police, fire, accident, meeting, speech and
     others on deadline.
2.  Distinguish between techniques for writing for print versus the web.
3.  Find and develop story ideas for news and feature stories.
4.  Find, prepare for and conduct interviews with sources.
5.  Conduct research on story topics.
6.  Write, edit and refine news, feature, opinion and other types of stories.
7.  Critically review a live entertainment performance, restaurant or product.
8.  Create news or feature stories using audio, video or other digital media.
9.  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. Beat reporting
      C. Deadline writing
      D. Story ideas
      E. Libel and ethics review
 
II.    News Reporting of Story Types
      A. Localizing national stories
      B. Police and fire
      C. Storm and disaster
      D. Court reporting
      E. Obituaries
      F. Writing for the web
      G. Other story types
 
III.   Social Issues Reporting
      A. Immersion journalism
      B. 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 verses the reviewer
 
VI.   Multimedia Reporting
      A. Multimedia for the web
      B. Podcasts and audio
      C. Audio soundslides and video
      D. Blogs
      E. Storyboarding
      F. Radio/television reporting (optional)
      G. Other
 
VII.  Features and Investigative Stories
      A. Types of feature stories
      B. Story ideas and research
      C. Leads
      D. Story structure
      E. Story elements
      F. Editing
 
VIII. Effective Journalism Strategies and Techniques
      A.  Print
      B.  Web
      C. Multimedia

Assignments:
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1. Four (4) to seven (7) major article writing assignments that may include news, court reporting, entertainment review,
   social issues, sports reporting and opinion writing.
2. One (1) to two (2) multimedia assignments that can include audio podcasts, blogging, video, audio soundslides
   or other multimedia project.
3. Reading 5-30 pages per week in reader and textbooks.
4. Complete in-class writing and research assignments.
5. Seven (7) to fifteen (15) short assignments to build reporting and writing skills that may 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. story idea charts
6. One (1) to two (2) midterms(s) 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
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
1-2 midterms and final exam that can include multiple choice, short answer and skill demonstration
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 20%
Attendance and classroom participation


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Instructor prepared materials
 
The Art and Craft of Feature Writing.  Blundell, William E.  Penguin Group: 1986 (Classic)
 
America's Best Newspaper Writing: A Collection of ASNE Prizewinners.  Clark, Roy Peter
    and Scanlan, Christopher, The Poynter Institute.  Bedford/St. Martin's: 2006.
Or
America's Best Newspaper Writing (latest year edition).  The Poynter Institute for Media Studies:
    new each year.
 
Feature Writing: The Pursuit of Excellence.  Friedlander, Edward Jay and Lee, John.  
     Allyn & Bacon: 2011.

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