Newspapers and Magazines
"To be an artist means never to avert one's eyes" - Akira Kurosawa
Course objective: To learn how to write feature stories for print and online news outlets.
Professor Tony Rogers
Office: Rollins 125/Phone: 968-8165/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Jour275 Facebook page||EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FEATURES|
|WHAT ARE FEATURE STORIES?||FIVE KEY INGREDIENTS FOR FEATURES|
|WHAT TO PUT IN AND LEAVE OUT||
HARD NEWS LEADS
|WRITING FEATURE LEADS||ARTICLE Discussion worksheet|
|DEVELOPING STORY IDEAS|
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|WRITING FOR THE WEB||EXAMPLE OF WEB WRITING: FOOD ALLERGIES|
BOOKS AND MATERIALS:
Newswriting on Deadline, by Tony Rogers (buy it used online or at the bookstore and be sure to sell it back to them at the end of the semester.)
The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual
Carry a reporter's notepad with you at all times. You never know when you'll come across a good story. Also, use it for jotting down story ideas.
You will write five major articles for this class. You will complete two drafts of each article. I will edit the first draft and return it to you, you will make whatever changes are needed and then give me your final draft. Your grade will be based on your final draft. You will also submit a final draft to the Centurion. However, you will write only one draft of the spot feature, which is due the day after the event you'll be covering, at a time to be determined by your instructor.
There will also be regular in-class feature writing exercises. You are also required to write at least two articles for the Centurion during the course of the semester
All stories must follow AP style.
Feature stories by nature tend to be
longer than hard news stories, typically a minimum of 800 to 1,000 words
as opposed to the 500-word pieces you did in Jour175.
E-mail all stories to your instructor and to
the Centurion at
email@example.com. Since we hope to publish as many of these
stories in the Centurion as possible, be thinking about visuals to
accompany your story - photos, graphics, etc. See the Centurion editor
if you need to borrow the digital camera.
MAJOR WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
2. NEWS FEATURE
3. SPOT FEATURE
IN-CLASS WRITING EXERCISES
READING, CRITIQUES, BLOGGING, ETC.
Since this is a feature writing
class, you should be reading articles written by those who have mastered
the form. Check my
Articles page and the
Writers to Read
page. I recommend the
Sunday New York
Times magazine, the daily page one feature in the
Wall Street Journal,
The New Yorker,
The Washington Post Style section,
I will regularly give you feature stories to read. For every story you're assigned to read you must complete the ARTICLE discussion worksheet and enter your answers on one of the blogs below. Read your classmates' critiques on the blog and be prepared to discuss these stories in class. I consider class participation very important and expect EVERYONE to contribute to these discussions. Also, throughout the semester I will ask each of you to bring to class a feature story you particularly liked. I'll make copies of it and we'll discuss it in class.
ABSENCES: Unexcused absences quickly hurt your grade. If you miss class,
it's up to YOU to contact me to find out what you missed.
LATE WORK: Deadlines are crucial in the news
business. Miss a few in the real world and you'll be fired. I will lower
your grade on late work.
COLLEGE PLAGIARISM POLICY
QUIZZES: There will be weekly news quizzes. Read at least one newspaper daily or scan the AP wire.
EXTRA CREDIT, GRADES, ETC.
EXTRA CREDIT: You earn extra credit by writing as
much as possible for the
Centurion or some other local publication.
MENTORING: Students can earn extra credit
spending a shift with a reporter or editor at the
Bucks County Courier Times.
See me if you want to do this.
GRADES: Your final grade will be based on
writing assignments, quizzes, class participation and extra credit work.
Writing assignments will count the most. You will write a minimum of
5,000 words for this class.
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