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