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Communications (COMM)

COMM 160 Basic News Writing Skills (1) Grammar, punctuation, spelling, and word usage skills required of journalists.

COMM 160 Basic News Writing Skills (1)

COMM 160 is a one-credit course that will provide instruction in the basic writing skills required of all journalists. The course will cover three main topics: (1) spelling and word usage, (2) grammar, and (3) punctuation. Students will be assessed by exams on each of the three course parts and a comprehensive final exam. Writing is the lynchpin of the journalism curriculum and it is essential that students possess the basic writing skills necessary to be successful in journalism classes. For that reason, COMM 160 will be a prerequisite to all writing courses in the journalism curriculum. Students will be advised to take the course in their freshman year.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2003

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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