And now you have to write the story. You have pages in your notebook of facts, observations, quotes.
Previous week Next week Back to top Class 1: The role of journalism in society The word journalism elicits considerable confusion in contemporary American society. Citizens often confuse the role of reporting with that of advocacy. They mistake those who promote opinions or push their personal agendas on cable news or in the blogosphere for those who report.
But reporters play a different role: Is objectivity, sometimes called fairness, an antiquated concept or an essential one, as the authors argue, for maintaining a democratic society? How has the term been subverted? Kovach and Rosenstiel, Chapter 1, and relevant pages of the course text Assignments: Students should compare the news reporting on a breaking political story in The Wall Street Journal, considered editorially conservative, and The New York Times, considered editorially liberal.
They should write a two-page memo that considers the following questions: Do the stories emphasize the same information?
Does either story appear to slant the news toward a particular perspective? Do the stories support the notion of fact-based journalism and unbiased reporting or do they appear to infuse opinion into news?
Students should provide specific examples that support their conclusions. Students should look for an example of reporting in any medium in which reporters appear have compromised the notion of fairness to intentionally or inadvertently espouse a point of view.
What impact did the incorporation of such material have on the story? Objectivity, fairness and contemporary confusion about both In his book Discovering the News, Michael Schudson traced the roots of objectivity to the era following World War I and a desire by journalists to guard against the rapid growth of public relations practitioners intent on spinning the news.
Objectivity was, and remains, an ideal, a method for guarding against spin and personal bias by examining all sides of a story and testing claims through a process of evidentiary verification. Practiced well, it attempts to find where something approaching truth lies in a sea of conflicting views.
Today, objectivity often is mistaken for tit-for-tat journalism, in which the reporters only responsibility is to give equal weight to the conflicting views of different parties without regard for which, if any, are saying something approximating truth.
Kovach and Rosenstiel, Chapter 4, and relevant pages of the course text. Students should evaluate stories on the front page and metro front of their daily newspaper.Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age teaches students the foundational skills they need to successfully report and write the news in an evolving digital landscape.
Chapters 7 to 15 cover the basic techniques of researching and presenting news while Chapters 16 to 24 cover basic reporting skills, which you must practise too. They lay the foundations for most reporting tasks you are likely to encounter as a journalist.
Writing and Reporting / Collaborative Research With the evolution of citizen journalism, the barrier between news broadcaster and news consumer is blurred. Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing: Foundational Skills for a Digital Age teaches students the foundational skills they need to successfully report and write the news in an evolving digital landscape/5(3).
In the first volume of ‘The News Manual’ we concentrate on the basic skills of journalism. We start with a chapter describing in simple terms what news is, then take you step-by-step through the process of structuring and writing a news story.
JOUR News Reporting and Writing II.
Number of Credits 3 credits III. Number of Instructional Minutes Students complete a series of timed news writing exercises to assess their news writing skills. Students write a series of news stories for the class and for the College's student newspaper.