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.
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 social media and its role in 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.
This course can be applied toward:
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Dynamics of News Reporting & Writing, 2nd Ed.
Vincent F. Filak
The Associated Press Stylebook: 2020-2022, 55th Ed.
Order either the comb bound print copy or a digital subscription at Individual Stylebook Online Subscription; the digital subscription can be accessed via computer, phone or tablet; the CSU bookstore does have print copies.
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.