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Writing

24-week module

Unit 1: Introduction to Journalistic Writing

News Defined: What is News?

News Values: What Makes It News

Unit 2: News Writing

The Basic News Lead: 5 W’s and H

Analyzing the Pros: Reading News from a News Writer’s Perspective

Analyzing Peers: Evaluating Write-off News Entries

News Writing Structure

Finding the News

The Right Source

Beyond the Snore: Covering Annual Events

Writing Briefs

Headlines

News Writing Tips and Tricks

Revising and Editing

Using Reading Strategies to Peer Edit

Establishing a Beat System

Fairy Tale News Stories

Writing a Preview Story

Writing Sports News

Analyzing Peers: Evaluating Write-off Sports Entries

Using Alternative Formats and Polls

Unit 3: Feature Writing

Resource: Feature Writing Examples

Analyzing Peers: Evaluating Write-off Feature Entries

News Reports vs. Feature Stories

Types of Feature Stories

Introduction to Vignettes

Writing a Vignette

Revising to Be Heard

How to Find New Stories

Building Background: Starting the Reporting Process

Finding the Theme

Start Strong, End Strong

What’s in the Middle

When Reporting Changes Your Story

Feature Writing Workshop

Introduction to Personality Profiles

Personality Profile: Finding a Theme and Gathering Information

Team Interviewing Fishbowl

Developing Questions for a Profile

Critiquing the Interview and Drafting the Profile

What’s in the Middle of Your Profile

Finding and Focusing for Fast Turnaround

Polishing for Portfolio

Unit 4: Opinion Writing

Difference Between News and Opinion

Parts of an Opinion Section

Writing Letters to the Editor

Types of Opinion Stories

Analyzing Peers: Evaluating Write-off Commentary Entries

Types of Editorials

Editorials and News

Ethical Concerns with Editorials

Using Evidence in Editorials

Organizing an Editorial

Developing Problem-Solution Counterarguments

Editorial Voice

Evaluating Editorials with a Rubric

Analyzing Peers: Evaluating Write-off Editorial Entries

Peer Editing and Sharing

Say Something With Columns

Ethics in Column Writing

Brainstorming Column Ideas

Counterarguments

Using Evidence to Support Opinions

Tone in Column Writing

Working with a Rubric

Peer Revision

Becoming a Columnist

Descriptive Writing and Expertise

Parts of a Review

Ethics, Leadership and Reviews

Review Assessment

Peer Revision on Reviews

Analyzing Peers: Evaluating Write-off Review Entries

A&E Sections

Top 10 Reasons to Write a List Review

A Sneaky Introduction to Satire

Introduction to Satire

Ethics and Satire

Avoiding Libel in Satire

Editorial Cartoons

18-week module

Unit 1: Introduction to Journalistic Writing

News Defined: What is News?

News Values: What Makes It News

Unit 2: News Writing

The Basic News Lead: 5 W’s and H

Analyzing the Pros: Reading News from a News Writer’s Perspective

News Writing Structure

Finding the News

The Right Source

Beyond the Snore: Covering Annual Events

Writing Briefs

News Writing Tips and Tricks

Revising and Editing

Establishing a Beat System

Unit 3: Feature Writing

Resource: Feature Writing Examples

News Reports vs. Feature Stories

Types of Feature Stories

How to Find New Stories

Building Background: Starting the Reporting Process

Finding the Theme

Start Strong, End Strong

What’s in the Middle

When Reporting Changes Your Story

Feature Writing Workshop

Introduction to Personality Profiles

Personality Profile: Finding a Theme and Gathering Information

Developing Questions for a Profile

Critiquing the Interview and Drafting the Profile

What’s in the Middle of Your Profile

Unit 4: Opinion Writing

Difference Between News and Opinion

Parts of an Opinion Section

Writing Letters to the Editor

Types of Opinion Stories

Types of Editorials

Editorials and News

Ethical Concerns with Editorials

Using Evidence in Editorials

Organizing an Editorial

Editorial Voice

Evaluating Editorials with a Rubric

Peer Editing and Sharing

Say Something With Columns

Ethics in Column Writing

Brainstorming Column Ideas

Counterarguments

Using Evidence to Support Opinions

Tone in Column Writing

Working with a Rubric

Peer Revision

Becoming a Columnist

Descriptive Writing and Expertise

Parts of a Review

Ethics, Leadership and Reviews

Review Assessment

Peer Revision on Reviews