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News Writing

Course NumberENG 116
Lab Hours30
Lecture Hours30
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: ENG 115 or permission of instructor. Studies fundamental principles of gathering information and writing basic news stories. Emphasizes the elements of news, the lead, Associated Press style, news sources and structures of news stories. (30-30)

Outcomes and Objectives

Understand the basic principles of gathering news.
  1. Apply observation skills at a news event.
  2. Apply interviewing skills with a news source.
  3. Apply research skills in the library and on-line.

Understand basic journalistic formats.
  1. Distinguish between fact and opinion.
  2. Recognize elements of news including importance, timeliness, consequence, conflict, humor, the unusual, prominence, proximity and human interest.
  3. Evaluate accuracy of reporting and writing.

Apply concepts and principles of news writing.
  1. Explain parts of a news story: lead, body.
  2. Explain the inverted pyramid format.
  3. Report information with balanced and objective treatment.

Write in journalistic style.
  1. Organize information according to priority.
  2. Compose basic news stories including: single incident story, coming event, accident, fire disaster, speech, obituary, and feature profile.
  3. Edit stories in Associated Press style.

Evaluate written work.
  1. Critique own writing.
  2. Critique writing of classmates, both orally and in writing.

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