COMS 404 calendar

Book: Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools  ($7 @ Amazon)

Week Topic In Class Reading   Exercises Assignments
1 Overview
Discussion: Journalism as a life skill

Principles of Journalism

SPJ Code of Ethics  Romanesko bingo
Building professional portfolios Build portfolio on free CMS system NewsU: Be a Reporter
2 Reporting City Hall NEWS U: Beat basics CUNY panel city hall Investigating local government
Writing Elements of good writing, critiques  Clark Part I, 1 – 5  Read Mrs. Kelly’s Monster NEWS U: Lead lab
Portfolio Photos, audio, video Digital storytelling
3 Reporting Computer assisted reporting NEWS U:Math for Journalists 12 tips for covering stats – UK CAR – Local reporting resources

Poynter – Datathon

 
Writing Elements of good writing, critiques Clark Part I, 6 – 10 News U: Interview Writers Workbench
Portfolio structuring your portfolio site
4 Reporting Sports beat Two faces of the sports reporter MediaBistro on sports  RU Sports & Title IX  / APA reports
Writing Elements of good writing, critiques Clark Part 2, 11 – 17
Portfolio Open critique  Egan Green? (CRJU)
5 Reporting Police &  criminal justice Crime beat Inside the police beat NEWS U: Covering cops and crime  
Writing Elements of good writing, critiques Clark Part 2, 18 – 23
Portfolio  Open critique
6 Reporting Business beat Covering business
Writing Clark Part 3, 24 – 33
Portfolio  Open critique
7 Reporting (open)
Writing Clark Part 4, 40 – 50
Portfolio
 
 8 Reporting Science and environment Covering science

SEJ andNASW

NEWS U:Water quality
W: Writing Elements of good writing, critiques Melt story meltdown
F: Portfolio
 9 M: Reporting Higher Ed beat  
W: Writing Elements of good writing, critiques
F: Portfolio
 10 M: Reporting  Arts & entertainment beat
W: Writing Elements of good writing, critiques
F: Portfolio
 11 M: Reporting Opinions, Editorials & community editing
W: Writing Elements of good writing, critiques
F: Portfolio
 12 M: Reporting Appalachia
W: Writing Elements of good writing, critiques
F: Portfolio
 13 M: Reporting (open)
W: Writing Elements of good writing, critiques
F: Portfolio
14 Last week of class / Reviews (open)