News Writing (EL 227)


29 Jul 2005

5. Course Requirements

The class format will be involve workshops, discussion, and some lecture. Your job is not to walk into the classroom as a blank slate, ready to write down everything I say so that you can spit it back in an exam. Writing is a skill; it is not easy to learn (or teach). Progress only comes with practice.

The size of the class and the nature of writing instruction both mean that it is not my function to correct every mistake you submit in your rough drafts, so that you can correct the misspelled words and move the punctuation where I tell you to put it.

Rather, my goal is to help you develop your own writing and critical thinking ability, so that you will gain experience identifying and implementing ways to improve your own ability to communicate via the written word. Along the way, we will learn about the importance of the free flow of information and opinion in a democracy, and how technology has put more power into the hands of citizens like yourselves over the past few years.

Students should keep up with the readings, reflect on them before coming to class, and help sustain an active, positive learning environment.

Please keep copies of rough drafts of papers. I may want to talk with you about them before recording a grade.

I will often send out bulk e-mails to the address on file for you in the J-Web system. If you check a different address more regularly, please use SHU's e-mail forwarding service so that you don't miss important updates.

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