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Communications (COMM)

COMM 260W News Writing and Reporting (3) News and news values; legal and ethical problems of reporting; writing and reporting news for the mass media.

COMM 260W News Writing and Reporting (3)

COMM 260 introduces students to the basics of news reporting and writing. Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and writing assignments, students learn how to write news stories that are accurate, fair, clear, and concise. The goals of COMM 260 are to produce students who can:
* Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of accurate, thorough, and fair news writing
* Write concise, well-organized stories with effective leads that get the reader's attention and tell the most important news
* Gather information through the use of interviews, documents, and basic reference materials
* Generate story ideas that reflect an understanding of the elements of newsworthiness (timeliness, prominence, proximity, conflict, novelty, and impact)
* Produce copy free of misspellings, grammatical errors, AP style errors, and factual errors
* Understand the legal, ethical, and historical principles underlying journalism, including the role of journalists in society
* Appreciate the joy and importance of being well informed

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 orENGL 030;COMM 160 ; third-semester standing and typing proficiency

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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