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JRNL 101 - Beginning Newswriting

5 Credits
Examining, analyzing and writing leads, news stories, sports and features, plus research and interviewing techniques. Students will write for the Thunderword, the weekly student newspaper, as the lab for the class.

Pre-requisite(s) ENGL 99 with min 2.0
Placement Eligibility English 101
Course Note Counts as second writing course for degree distributions.

Quarters Typically Offered
Summer Online
Fall Day
Winter Day
Spring Day

Designed to Serve Journalism and Humanties area students; transfer students in communications and other fields who want five (5) credits of writing credits.
Active Date 20220330T15:34:12

Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 25
Contact Hours: Lecture 55
Total Contact Hours 55
Degree Distributions:
  • Humanities Area I

Course Outline
  • Basics of reporting and what news is.
  • Fundamental tenets and ethical approaches to journalistic writing, including accuracy and deadlines.
  • Kinds of stories/ writing print news, features, arts and sports.
  • Use of stylebook.
  • Use of personal computers.
  • Legal and ethical issues.
  • Students will write for the Thunderword, which is the laboratory for the class.

Student Learning Outcomes
Identify elements of what makes news and is considered journalistic writing.

Construct information for stories by gathering appropriate information, crafting applicable questions, and conducting interviews with relevant people.

Construct publishable stories for a given audience based on professional industry standards.

Apply ethical standards to the news gathering, writing, and interviewing process with regard to accuracy and the treatment of people of diverse backgrounds.

Apply editing techniques for one’s writing, as well as others’ writing, that conforms to professional industry standards.

Collaborate effectively with other team members to produce a weekly publication.

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