Oct 04, 2022
ENG 116 - News WritingCredits: 3
Studies fundamental principles of gathering information and writing basic news stories. Emphasizes the elements of news, the lead, Associated Press style, news sources and structures of news stories.
Prerequisite(s): ENG 115 or permission of instructor
Lecture Hours: 30 Lab Hours: 30
Meets MTA Requirement: None
Outcomes and Objectives
- Understand the basic principles of gathering news.
- Apply observation skills at a news event.
- Apply interviewing skills with a news source.
- Apply research skills in the library and on-line.
- Understand basic journalistic formats.
- Distinguish between fact and opinion.
- Recognize elements of news including importance, timeliness, consequence, conflict, humor, the unusual, prominence, proximity and human interest.
- Evaluate accuracy of reporting and writing.
- Apply concepts and principles of news writing.
- Explain parts of a news story: lead, body.
- Explain the inverted pyramid format.
- Report information with balanced and objective treatment.
- Write in journalistic style.
- Organize information according to priority.
- Compose basic news stories including: single incident story, coming event, accident, fire disaster, speech, obituary, and feature profile.
- Edit stories in Associated Press style.
- Evaluate written work.
- Critique own writing.
- Critique writing of classmates, both orally and in writing.
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