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Sarah R Stuteville
COM 460
Seattle Campus

Special Reporting Topics

Topics vary. Prerequisite: COM 360.

Class description

The rise of online journalism has meant not only a shift in economic and publishing models but also in tone and participants. Today's journalist is just as likely to be called on to write a breaking news story or a traditional investigative feature as they are to reflect on how their own experiences connect to larger issues or on the reporting process itself. New audiences are hungry for journalists that write transparently and personally--that aren't afraid to be vulnerable and accessible. This course will focus on point-of-view writing that challenges assumptions of the omniscient voice and pushes the boundaries of what journalistic writing can be."

Student learning goals

Identify and analyze the use of “voice” and point-of-view writing in journalistic storytelling across platforms

Explore, and continue to develop, their own “voice” and point-of-view writing in journalistic storytelling across platforms (with an emphasis on writing)

Identify and discuss the potential power of blending personal experiences and point-of-view writing with more traditional forms of reporting and journalistic storytelling

Identify and discuss the potential ethical complexities of blending personal experiences and point-of-view writing with more traditional forms of reporting and journalistic storytelling

Identify and discuss the potential individual challenges of blending personal experiences and point-of-view writing with more traditional forms of reporting and journalistic storytelling

Understand emerging opportunities and new career paths in journalism related to journalism that pushes traditional boundaries and explore how writing with “voice” and point-of-view is specifically relevant to online writing and journalistic storytelling in the internet age

General method of instruction

In general, class time will be focus on skills workshops, activities and discussions based on readings and assignments. This class will emphasize small group interaction and peer review/feedback on assignments. There will be some guest speakers as well.

Recommended preparation

This class will focus on writing that blends traditional reporting, journalistic sensibilities and "voice," or point-of-view writing. For success in this course students should have a strong background in writing and reporting and be excited to experiment beyond what they've already done. The prerequisite for this course is COM 360.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments include reading and discussions, written assignments, small group work and peer review.

Seventy-five percent of your grade is based on the quality of your assignments. The remaining 25% is based on class participation and contribution to discussions. The final grade scale is available on the canvas website.


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 Sarah R Stuteville
Date: 12/30/2013