Associated Press Stylebook and Libel manual.
Textbook: Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method (Seventh edition),
Staying consistently up-to-date with news sources: Reno Gazette-Journal, NevadaSagebrush, Reno News and Review, local TV stations, national media outlets such as theNew York Times, the Guardian, Gawker, NPR, etc... Your job is news. You must read it.Discussions and tests on current events will happen so be prepared.
Equipment: You must either have a cloud-based system for saving documents or bring aflash drive (8G or higher) to save your work. J-school computers will not save your work.
Assignments and grading:
3 Major Projects: (100 points each, 300 points total)
Three multi-source news stories will be required. Grading will be based on drafting process, qualityof research and reporting, clarity and strength of storytelling, grammar and spelling, and quality of accompanying elements. More explicit instructions will be given as we near the assignment duedates. Drafts will be required before the final project is turned in as well a list of sources withcontact numbers and a copy of any formal document used in your reporting. These projects will alsobe turned in to your Journalism 108 instructor for a technical grade.
1. A news story with photo. 600 words (Due: 8:01 a.m. Sept. 24)2. A news or feature story that includes audio and photography 900 words (Due: Oct. 29)3. A news or feature story incorporating audio and photographs 1,200 words (Due: Dec. 10)
How the grading works for the three major assignments:
Participation in drafting process (25 points):
A hard copy draft of your story must bepresented to me, in class, before the assignment’s final due date. The draft must be anear-final version of what you intend to turn in for the final draft and include a source list.You will also need to bring a second copy for peer editing. This ensures you get the editingattention you need to succeed.2.
Quality of research and reporting (25 points):
Did you get three or more sources to tellyour story? Did you use a formal document to help tell your story? (Hint: You need all four or more). Are they the right sources? Did you conduct interviews with relevant andinteresting people? (Hint: No friends or family) You must also provide a list of source namesand their phone numbers and a copy of any formal document you used as a source.3.
Clarity and strength of writing (25 points):
Basically, is your piece an example of goodstorytelling? Is it well organized? Does it use its sources well? Enticing lead? Goodnutgraph? Good quotes? Is it interesting? Will I learn something from it?4.
Quality of accompanying elements (25 points):
Did you get a good photo to help tellyour story? Does the audio add to the idea you’re trying to get across? What about thevideo? Basically, does this multimedia element help tell the story I’m trying to tell?
***Getting it right: AP Style, grammar and spelling:
I expect your work to be free of any Associated Press Style, grammatical factual and spelling errors. Every spelling,grammatical, factual and style error results in
points off your final grade. Punctuationerrors are one point each.***
In-class quizzes: (5-10 points each; 100 points total)
Quizzes cannot be made up unless you’re absent for a pre-approved reason. Otherwise, you mustbe in class to get the points. Aside from extraordinary circumstances, no exceptions. This is whereattendance counts. Talk to me about any absences ASAP.