JTC 210 - Newswriting

  • 3 credits
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Newswriting covers theory and practice in newswriting. Emphasis is placed on writing for newspapers and web presentation; however, the basics learned in Newswriting transfer to other media formats: magazines, broadcast, blogs, etc. The basic news story will be written in several structures: inverted pyramid, chronological and Wall Street Journal styles. Stress is also placed on learning what is covered in the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook and how to use this journalist’s resource.

Credit not allowed for both JTC 210 and JTC 192 (Freshman Seminar).


Upon the completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions, their audiences and the purposes the writing serves.
  • Critically evaluate your own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
  • Apply current tools and technologies appropriate for the communications professions.
  • Explore the digital world as it relates to newswriting.
  • Define gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.
  • Demonstrate professional ethical principles, and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.

Textbooks and Materials


  • 2017 Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law**
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Inside Reporting: A Practical Guide to the Craft of Journalism*, 3rd Ed.
    Harrower, Tim
    ISBN: 978-0073526171
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore

*This book is not available in the CSU bookstore and must be ordered from Amazon, Chegg, Barnes & Noble or other online textbook sellers.

**This manual does not have an ISBN number and can be acquired in paperback, comb bound (easier to use than the paperback) or by digital access. Information on the digital stylebook is available at https://www.apstylebook.com/?do=product&pid=OLN-917360.


Clarissa Crozier

(303) 594-8589 | clarissa.crozier@colostate.edu

Clarissa Crozier, MA ’91, teaches news writing, copy editing and publication design. She advised Arapahoe High School’s yearbook, newspaper and video productions that earned All American, Pacemaker and Crown Awards, and served as executive director for the Colorado Student Media Association. She holds an MA in administration, supervision and curriculum development from the University of Colorado-Denver, and administrative licensure from the University of Northern Colorado. She was honored with the Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Journalism Teacher of the Year and Emily Gates Achievement Award.