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Paul Mcelroy
COM 360
Seattle Campus

Foundations of Multiplatform Journalism

Introduces content creation, content curation, and audience-engagement techniques for journalists.

Class description

This course will provide you with a solid foundation in practical journalism skills as well as insights into some common ethical issues that reporters confront. Through in-class discussion, lab exercises, field trips to the Seattle P-I and KING-TV, and completing five stories on and off campus, you will learn: where to find information; interviewing techniques; dealing with sources; how to organize stories; communicating concisely and clearly; and the fundamentals of writing in the news genre. These basics are relevant for print, broadcast and online journalists, as well as public relations and marketing professionals.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures In-class exercises Writing assignments Midterm exam on spelling, grammar, news writing style

Recommended preparation

Any writing experience: high school newspaper, The Daily, other publications, etc. Awareness of current events.

Class assignments and grading

Five stories: 1.) Seattle earthquake 2.) Personality profile 3.) Cocaine trial 4.) King County Superior Court trial 5.) Feature of your choosing

A Story is skillfully written and readable, with minimal editing required B Competently written, but some editing required C Contains most necessary elements, but needs rewriting


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Paul Mcelroy
Date: 09/05/2004