Schedule

Week 1
Unit 1: Introduction(s). Students familiarize themselves with course textbooks and requirements. What is journalism for? Building democracy, community, to provide citizens with information they need to be free and self-governing. The awareness instinct, the birth of journalism, free press and electronic age, theory of journalism, the interlocking public, new challenges. Introduction to course syllabus and course expectations

Tuesday 08/18

  • Introductions: class, requirements, ideals, goals

Assignment due Thursday:

  • Read and write response to Introduction and Chapter 1: EOJ

Thursday 08/20:

  • Discuss Chapter 1

Assignments due beginning of week 2:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 2: EOJ
  • Read and be ready to discuss Chapters 1-6 ENW

Week 2
Unit 2: Truth: The first and most confusing principle. Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth, journalistic truth.

Tuesday 08/25:

  • Discuss Chapter 2

Thursday 08/27:

Assignment due Tuesday, beginning of class week 3:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 3: EOJ

Week 3
Unit 3: Who journalists work for. Journalists first loyalty is to citizens, independence to isolation, a backlash against detachment, citizens are not customers, the wall, owner/corporation must be committed to citizens first.

Tuesday 09/01 & Thursday 09/03

  • Discuss Chapter 3

Assignment due Tuesday, beginning of class week 4:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 4: EOJ

Week 4
Unit 4: Journalism of Verification. The essence of journalism is a discipline of verification, the lost meaning of objectivity, journalism of assertion vs. journalism of verification, do not add, do not deceive, transparency, misleading sources: a corollary to transparency, originality, humility, bias, techniques of verification, edit with skepticism, accuracy checklist, assume nothing, red pencil, anonymous sources, truth’s multiple roots.

Tuesday 09/08 & Thursday 09/10

  • Discuss Chapter 4

Assignment – due Tuesday, beginning of class week 5:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 5: EOJ

Week 5
Unit 5: Independence from faction. Journalists must maintain an independence from those they cover, independence of mind, evolution of independence, independence in practice, independence reevaluated, independence from class or economic status, independence from race, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

Tuesday 09/15 & Thursday 09/17

  • Discuss Chapter 5

Assignments due Tuesday, beginning of class week 6:

  • Read and be ready to discuss Chapters 7-12 ENW

Week 6
Unit 6: AP Style
. Grammar, usage, writing news stories. Commonly misused words, commas, colons, and semicolons, punctuating quotations, active and passive voice, spell checkers, news story in 15 steps, strong lead, structure, interview.

Assignments:

Tuesday 09/22 & Thursday 09/24

Assignments due Tuesday, beginning of class week 7:

  • Work on Article #1
  • Submit Article #1 by deadline (assigned by your section editor for publication in next week’s paper)
  • Read and be ready to discuss Chapter 6: EOJ

Week 7
Unit 7: Monitor Power and offer Voice to the Voiceless
Journalists must serve as an independent monitor of power, original investigative reporting interpretative investigative reporting, reporting on investigations, watchdog role, weakened investigative reporting as prosecution

Tuesday 09/29 & Thursday 10/01

  • Discuss Chapter 6

Assignments due Tuesday, beginning of class week 8:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 7: EOG

Week 8
Unit 8: Grammar, usage, writing news stories. Commonly misused words, commas, colons, and semicolons, punctuating quotations, active and passive voice, spell checkers, news story in 15 steps, strong lead, structure, interview.

Tuesday 10/06

  • Discuss grammar, usage

Assignment:

  • Work on Article #2

Thursday 10/08

  • Group editing and proofing Article #2

Assignments:

  • Submit Article #2 by deadline (assigned by your section editor for publication in next week’s paper)
  • Read and be ready to discuss Chapter 7: EOJ

Week 9
Unit 9: Journalism as a Public Forum. Journalism much provide a forum for public criticism and compromise.

Tuesday 10/13 & Thursday 10/15

  • Discuss Chapter 7

Assignments due Tuesday, beginning of class week 10:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 8: EOJ

Week 10
Unit 10: Engagement and Relevance. Journalists must make the significant interesting and relevant, the lure of infotainment, some innovative approaches, a new definition of who, what, where, when, why, and how, experiment with new storytelling techniques, the most engaging approach, connecting the story to deeper themes, character and detail in news, finding the metaphor or hidden structure, power of the internet, narrative in service of truth.

Tuesday 10/20  & Thursday 10/22

  • Discuss Chapter 8

Assignments due Tuesday, beginning of class week 11:

  • Read and be ready to discuss Chapters 17-20 ENW

Week 11
Unit 11: Covering Beats. Meetings and speeches, police and courts, disasters and tragedies, obituaries. Commonly misused words, commas, colons, and semicolons, punctuating quotations, active and passive voice, spell checkers, news story in 15 steps, strong lead, structure, interview.

Tuesday 10/27 & Thursday 10/29

Assignments:

  • Work on Article #3
  • Submit Article #3 by deadline (assigned by your section editor for publication in next week’s paper)
  • Read and be ready to discuss Chapter 9: EOJ

Week 12
Unit 12: Make the news comprehensive and proportional. Journalism should keep the news comprehensive and in proportion, the fallacy of targeted demographics, limits of metaphor, pressure to hype, marketing vs. marketing, new market research for journalists,

Tuesday 11/03 & Thursday 11/05

  • Discuss Chapter 9

Assignments:

  • Read and write response to Chapter 10: EOJ

Week 13
Unit 13: Journalists have a responsibility to conscience.
Exercising conscience is not easy, a culture of honesty, intellectual diversity is real goal, the pressure against individual conscience, building a newsroom where conscience an diversity can thrive, the role of citizens.

Tuesday 11/10 & Thursday 11/12

  • Discuss Chapter 10

Assignments due Tuesday, beginning of class week 14:

  • Read and write respond to Chapter 11: EOJ

Week 14
Unit 14: Rights and responsibilities of citizens. Citizen bill of rights and responsibilities.

Tuesday & Thursday 11/17 & 11/19

  • Discuss Chapter 11

Assignments

  • Work on completing blog entries
  • Work on Final Essay

Week 15: 
Unit 15: Wrapping Up

Tuesday 12/01

  • Students receive and provide course feedback.

Assignments:

  • Submit feedback (EFACE)
  • Submit Final Essay by Saturday, Dec. 5