SRJC Course Outlines

9/21/2021 6:39:24 PMJOUR 54 Course Outline as of Fall 2013

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  JOUR 54Title:  MAG ARTICLE WRITING  
Full Title:  Magazine Article Writing
Last Reviewed:1/28/2019

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: 

Catalog Description:
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Introductory course in writing non-fiction magazine articles and creating multimedia magazine stories.  Students will learn to develop story ideas, submit query letters to publications, conduct interviews and research, write and edit articles for publication.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Introductory course in writing non-fiction magazine articles and creating multimedia magazine stories.  Students will learn to develop story ideas, submit query letters to publications, conduct interviews and research, write and edit articles for publication.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
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:Fall 1981Inactive:Fall 2018
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

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.  Develop story ideas and match to appropriate publications, both print and online.
2.  Write and submit email and print query letters to targeted publications.
3.  Find sources and conduct research and interviews for articles.
4.  Write at least three different types of magazine articles, such as a feature, profile and personal experience essay.
5.  Analyze and critique student and professional magazine articles, both in print and in multimedia formats.

Topics and Scope
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I.      Magazine Industry
       A. Success/failures
       B. Content analysis
       C. Online trends
II.     Developing Ideas
       A. Types of articles
       B. Analyzing interests
       C. Brainstorming
III.    Research and Sources
       A. Online research
       B. Cultivating sources
IV.    Interviewing
       A. Preparation
       B. Interview techniques
       C. Quotes and attribution
V.     Query Letters
       A. Successful queries
       B. Structure
       C. Submission guidelines
VI.    Feature Story Writing
       A. Organizing material
       B. Story structures
       C. Leads and nut graphs
VII.   Refining and Editing
       A. Grammar and style
       B. Clarity and conciseness
       C. Voice and tone
VIII.  Constructive Critiques
IX.     Writing Profiles
       A. Interviewing for profiles
       B. Details and observation
       C. Profile structures
X.     Personal Experience Articles
       A. Columns and commentary
       B. Reviews and criticism
       C. Personal essays
XI.    Multimedia Magazine Pieces
       A. Podcasting/audio
       B. Audio slideshows
       C. Video pieces
       D. New technologies

Assignments:
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1.  Three or more articles (10 to 20 pages total) that may include issue-oriented feature story, profile, personal experience article, multimedia project or other.
2.  Reading 15 to 40 pages per week in textbook and magazine article collection book.
3.  Five to fifteen short assignments to build reporting and writing skills that may include:
    a. reader analysis
    b. content analysis
    c. developing story ideas
    d. finding sources
    e. writing queries
    f.  interviewing
    g. writing leads and nut graphs
    h. editing exercises
    i.  critiquing articles
4.  One to two midterm(s) and a 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
50 - 65%
Articles and multimedia project and Homework
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
None
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
None
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
1-2 midterm(s) and a 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 Best American Magazine Writing.  American Society of Magazine Editors, ed.  Harper Collins Publishing Inc.: current year
 
Feature and Magazine Writing.  Sumner, David and Miller, Holly G. Blackwell Publishing Professional: 2009
 
Uncovering the Secrets of Magazine Writing.  Hamilton, Nancy.  Allyn & Bacon: 2005

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