MPJO-501 Reporting and News Writing
Fall for 2017-2018
No faculty information available
Journalism begins with basic reporting. This class focuses on the basics of beat reporting, one of the building blocks of any newsroom and journalism career. The class will also take a closer look at the reporting and writing process, from finding an idea to researching it, pitching it and executing it into a publishable article. Students will strive to become experts on the neighborhood they cover through old-school shoe leather reporting and will keep abreast of spot news while learning how to identify and pursue longer-form enterprise stories.

The class will also have a Twitter handle and Facebook page — DChoods — where students will publish routinely and practice writing for social media and cultivating sources and finding story ideas using these new tools. The updates on Twitter and Facebook will not just be news stories, but also tidbits collected during visits to the neighborhood, which should be visited weekly at minimum.

This is a core course of the MPS Journalism program, and students must earn a “B” (83) or higher to pass the course. Please see the Graduate Student Handbook for more details.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None

Sections:

MPJO-501-01 Fundamentals of Reporting and News Writing
Fall for 2017-2018
No faculty information available
Students will learn the basics of news writing: how to write a powerful lead, how to gather and use sound bites and quotations effectively and how to produce compelling news stories. We will explore news values, interview techniques and master AP Style guidelines. Those looking to hone their reporting and communicating skills will find an abundance of hands-on practice.

Students entering the MPS Journalism program in Summer 2010 and thereafter must complete this class and receive a grade of solid "B" (3.00) or higher in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
MPJO-501-02 Fundamentals of Reporting and News Writing
No faculty information available
Summer 2011
This course meets at the National Press Club.

Students will learn the basics of news writing: how to find and report interesting stories, how to write quickly and concisely, and how to work in online, print and broadcast media. You will be drilled on standard journalism writing, Associated Press style, and news values, with lots of hands-on practice. This course will give students a solid foundation for further adventures in journalism.


This course is required for all MPS Journalism students, and must be completed by the second semester in the program. Students must earn a B (3.00) or higher in order to satisfy graduation requirements.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
MPJO-501-40 Fundamentals of Reporting and News Writing
Ryan Teague Beckwith
Summer 2011
This course meets at the National Press Club.

Students will learn the basics of news writing: how to find and report interesting stories, how to write quickly and concisely, and how to work in online, print and broadcast media. You will be drilled on standard journalism writing, Associated Press style, and news values, with lots of hands-on practice. This course will give students a solid foundation for further adventures in journalism.


This course is required for all MPS Journalism students, and must be completed by the second semester in the program. Students must earn a B (3.00) or higher in order to satisfy graduation requirements.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
More information
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