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 Course Title:   Newspaper Reporting & Production

 Title Abbreviation:   NEWS REPORTING & PROD

 Department:    JOUR

 Course #:    101

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    090402

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

The first class in a practical sequence designed to develop skill in desk-top publishing, investigative research and reporting, technical communication, and the basic principles of journalism. This first class focuses on primarily on reporting and researching skills.

 Prerequisite  

Prerequisite: successful completion of ENGL& 101

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic N/A  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
EWU
WWU JOURN 190

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the nine principles of journalism: 1. first obligation is to telling the truth 2. first loyalty is to citizens 3. its essence is a discipline of verification 4. its practitioners must maintain independence from those they cover 5. serve as an independent monitor of power 6. provide a forum for public criticism and compromise 7. strive to make the significant interesting and relevant 8. keep the news comprehensive and proportional 9. every journalist must have a personal sense of ethics and responsibility
  2. conduct an interview for a news story
  3. make a report of the interview
  4. consider the ethics of reporting

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

1. Information Literacy

Definition: Recognizing when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
1.2 Access the needed information effectively, efficiently, ethically, and legally.
1.3 Evaluate information and its sources critically.
1.5 Effectively integrate and use information ethically and legally to accomplish a specific purpose.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.2 Analyze issues and develop questions within a discipline.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.
2.9 Apply and/or create problem-solving strategies to successfully adapt to unpredictable and/or changing environments.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.4 Demonstrate effective communication across differences in human communities and cultures.
4.5 Adapt to and function effectively in communities and cultures different from one's own.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.1 Understand the impact of their own and other’s actions on local/global communities and environments and how those communities/environments affect them in turn.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.2 Demonstrate standards of professionalism in manner, appearance, and setting appropriate to the context, including the classroom, workplace, and community.
6.3 Apply successful organizational strategies of planning, goal setting, prioritizing, resolving conflict, and managing time to specific goals and/or projects.

10. Technology

Definition: Understanding the role of technology in society and using technology appropriately and effectively.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
10.3 Use technology appropriate to the context and task to effectively retrieve and manage information, solve problems, and facilitate communication.

Course Contents

  1. What a clear news story looks like
  2. News Sources and the Nature of Reporting
  3. Techniques and Best Practices in Proofreading
  4. The Art of the Interview
  5. The Ethics of Journalism
  6. Page Design and Layout
  7. Paste-up Techniques
  8. Newspaper Production Schedules