Theory of copy preparation and editing; publication layout.
Course learning objectives:
- Review and improve personal writing skills including grammar, punctuation, word usage and sentence structure.
- Demonstrate improved proficiency in editing copy: yours and others. This will include ability to identify and correct vocabulary, spelling, grammar and punctuation errors as well as the 5 C’s of effective writing: clarity, completeness, coherence, consistency and correctness.
- Explore visual opportunities to accompany story text.
- Apply ethics skills and libel standards to news judgment decisions.
- Evaluate page and web design as it relates to readership.
- Discover fact checking techniques.
- Explore techniques and guidelines for headlines, photo captions and social media teasers.
- Demonstrate working knowledge of the AP Stylebook.
JTC 210 (Newswriting)
Note regarding Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors textbook:
- You will not need LaunchPad Solo unless you wish to access the practice exercises (not required or graded in the course). The spiral edition of this text (print) is recommended so you will have this reference book for your personal library - it is a valuable text for review and looking up answers to grammar questions.
Textbooks and Materials
- Working With Words: A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors, 10th Ed. (2020)
Brooks, Brian S., Pinson, James L., and Wilson, Jean Gaddy
Digital ISBN is 9781319279151. You will NOT need LaunchPad Solo.
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
The Associated Press Stylebook: 2022-2024, 56th 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 and copy editing. She advised high school 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.