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
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- 2019 Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law*
- Dynamics of News Reporting & Writing (print edition), 1st Ed.
Filak, Vincent F.
*ISBN is 978-0917360688 for the comb-bound print copy, or order a digital subscription at https://www.apstylebook.com.
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 recognized with the Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Journalism Teacher of the Year and Emily Gates Achievement Award.