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.
REQUIRED OR SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS OTHER THAN TEXTBOOKS:
- Poynter.News University courses: Registration is required, and information on how to register is provided within the course. Use of this website and the courses assigned is free. Cookies must be turned on during course access for the website to track progress. Additional computer requirements include a high-speed Internet connection and Flash player. The website for Poynter.News University is https://www.newsu.org/.
- Lynda.com technology training: The Department of Journalism and Media Communication has a subscription, and you will be given login instructions within the course. The website for Lynda.com is https://www.lynda.com/.
- Twitter account: Setup instructions are provided in the course.
- WordPress blog: Setup instructions are provided in the course.
- Digital camera or smart phone with camera.
- A digital voice recorder will make getting quotes easier. The recorder on a smart phone is acceptable.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- 2018 Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law*
- Dynamics of News Reporting & Writing, 1st Ed.
Filak, Vincent F.
*The ISBN is 978-0917360664 for the comb-bound print copy, or you may order a digital subscription. Information on the digital stylebook is available at https://www.apstylebook.com/?do=product&pid=OLN-917360. 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 honored with the Journalism Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award, Colorado Journalism Teacher of the Year and Emily Gates Achievement Award.