Type of Credit: Elective
Number of Students
Students will gain a solid, fundamental understanding of news gathering and news writing in English-language international media. Learning will take place through lectures, class discussion and homework, mainly one project – a reliably sourced, professionally written article that is suitable for publication.
Week 1: Introduction to international news media
Week 2: Types of news stories; dissection of a news website
Week 3: Selection of local stories for international news media (1)
Week 4: Story selection (2)
Week 5: Live sources for interviews
Week 6: Use of documents as news sources
Week 7: Interview techniques
Week 8: Note taking and interview practice
Week 9: Mid-term project due (your story, your interviews)
Week 10: Coordination with photographers, videographers
Week 11: Editors and lawyers
Week 12: News writing (format)
Week 13: News writing (style)
Week 14: News writing (in-class practice)
Week 15: Broadcast and Internet newswriting
Week 16: State of the industry (ownership shifts, converging media types, multi-talented employees)
Week 17: International journalism job market
Week 18: Final projects due (Final story written from interview notes)
40 percent (40%) final project
Each student will draw on the lessons of this class to write a news article, from topic selection through the interview and information gathering process to a completed piece that would be acceptable in mainstream English-language international text media. This project will start early in the semester and be completed in steps through the final week.
30 percent (30%) in-class quizzes
Weekly quizzes will cover story selection, press release analysis, source identification and writing articles for text media.
30 percent (30%) participation
Come to class, answer questions from the instructor or any guest speakers, add comments and insights to class discussions, participate in role-play interviews and in-class writing exercises.
There is no set textbook for this subject. News articles, press releases and other material will be distributed in class (or found online) for teaching purposes.