1.1) What is “News Writing” about?
From the Catalog:
Study of the roles of the journalist in society, the types of journalism, the newsgathering process, and journalism history.
Whether you are taking this class because it’s required for your education program, you want a practical English course to help make your English skills more marketable, or see yourself working as a professional journalist, this course will give you a foundation for writing quick, lean, and accurate prose.
As practiced and understood by journalists in the early 21st century, news writing can be seen as the highly-developed craft of non-fiction storytelling.
- Ideally, journalism is a public-service information-generating profession that gathers and distributes timely information and expert opinion through balanced, accurate and thorough reporting.
- But journalism can also be described as a personality-driven entertainment industry that strives to touch the emotions of an audience, by feeding the public appetite for gossip and scandal, via aggressive, hyped, ego-driven or money-driven reporting.
- Journalism is a business, which means that journalists must deliver a product that generates income; news organizations are thus tied to corporate interests that influence the representation of news.
- Journalists face constant pressure to simplify complex information (particularly in science and medicine) so that a channel-surfing and page-scanning public will rely upon on friendly, familiar TV news anchors to interpret the world for them.
In the past few years, a do-it-yourself, non-commercial cultural activity known as citizen journalism or grass-roots journalism (most recently typified in weblogs) has changed the news from a lecture to a discussion. The change has tremendous implications for the traditional providers of news, as well as the general public.
1.2) Where and when does it meet?
- Location: Admin 308
- MWF, 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM