Course schedule



Week 1 – Aug. 23/25

            Topic: Course intro; differences between news and features; readers; angles; anecdotes

            No reading due

            No assignments due

Week 2 – Aug. 30/Sept. 1

            Topic: Idea generation; set up blogging assignment; set up extra credit

            Reading due: Chapter 2, Chapter 3

            Assignment due: Bring a magazine to class

Week 3 – Sept. 6/8

Topic: Monday class is off for Labor Day; Wednesday class will dig for info, hold a treasure hunt (Tentative: visit to library)

            No reading due

            No assignments due

Week 4 – Sept. 13/14

            Topic: Background; where to get info; finding sources; developing curiosity; budget lines

            Reading due: Chapter 4, Chapter 5

            Assignment due: Follow print story for one week – idea generation (20 points)

Week 5 – Sept. 20/22

            Topic: Interviewing, observation, using quotes

            Reading due: Chapter 14

            No assignments due

Week 6 – Sept. 27/29

            Topic: The writing process, overcoming obstacles to writing, nailing ledes

            Reading due: Chapter 8

            Assignments due: Personal experience story, draw your writing process

Week 7 – Oct. 4/6

            Topic: Special-interest story, jump-start a story in 15 minutes

            No reading due

            Assignment due: Personality profile

Week 8 – Oct. 11/13

            Topic: The rest of the story, adding texture, power verbs, anecdotes

            Reading due: Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 15

            No assignments due


Week 9 – Oct. 18/20

            Topic: Spice up your writing

            Reading due: Chapter 11, Chapter 18

            Assignment due: Special-interest story

Week 10 — Oct. 25/27

            Topic: Ethics, ethics decision-making tools, magazine market reports

            Reading due: Ethics handouts on class website

            No assignments due

Week 11 – Nov. 1/3

            Topic: Market reports, people who are different from you

            Reading due: Diversity handouts on class website

            Assignment due: Magazine market report

Week 12 – Nov. 8/10

            Topic: Fun with grammar – really!

            Reading due: Chapter 12

            No assignments due

Week 13 – Nov. 15/17

            Topic: Self editing, editing process, working with editors

            Assignment due: Multimedia news feature

Week 14 – Nov. 22/24 – Fall recess – No school – Roast that turkey!

Week 15 – Nov. 29/Dec. 1

            Topic: Life for feature writers (staff and freelance), business, networking

            No reading due

            Assignment due: Travel story

Week 16 – Dec. 6/8

            Topic: Selling your stories; query letters; writing radio, video and entertainment features

            Reading due: Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 13

            No assignments due

Week 17 – Final Exam Week

Class meeting from 7-9:45 p.m. Monday: The final exam is scheduled for 7:30-9:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13.

Class meeting from 4-6:45 p.m. Wednesday: The final exam is scheduled for 5-6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The exams will be held in our regular room. Course grades are due to the registrar Jan. 3.

Congratulations! You made it!