CA201 Reporting I

for FA 2008

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CA 201 Reporting I


FA 2008 HO


Lofflin, John



Office Location

Copley 1 South

Office Hours


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Semester Dates

Fall 2008

Class Days


Class Time

1:50 - 3:05 PM

Credit Hours



·         The Associated Press Stylebook

Additional Resources:


·         America’s Best Newspaper Writing collected by Roy Peter Clark and Christopher Scanlan, Poynter Institute, 2006

·         Writing to Deadline by Donald Murray

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Course Description:
CA201 Reporting I: The course focuses on the fundamentals of reporting. It discusses techniques of fact gathering and news writing and provides opportunities to develop those skills through practical application. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Engagement with the ideas of the course is the essential prerequisite for higher level learning. The teacher serves as a guide to the construction of meaning, the development of skills and dispositions, the recognition of what constitutes excellence, and the consideration of ethical issues.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  2. My conception of this course is that when you complete it successfully you will be able to function adequately in a newsroom or a public relations setting. In other words, my benchmark for this course is that if you can succeed in it, you can succeed in not getting fired your first week at a newspaper or in a public relations department. In this course you will:
  3. adopt the "stance" of the reporter.
  4. question he “stance” of the reporter.
  5. develop strong lead writing technique.
  6. write to Associated Press style.
  7. employ professional news gathering techniques as you report stories for class.
  8. question professional news gathering techniques.
  9. attend a presidential campaign or local campaign meeting and write a story.
  10. cover a speech .
  11. develop a journalistic style of writing.
  12. practice the art of journalism by writing news and feature stories.
  13. Writing skills we will master:
  14. Economy
  15. Clarity
  16. Lively words
  17. Appropriate words
  18. Honesty
  19. Logical structure
  20. Speed

Core Assessment:


All given equal weight--

1.      Six week exam – news story about a peer

2.      Midterm – News story from a speech 

3.      Three/quarter exam – News story from an event

4.      * Final exam –Breaking news story from a mock press conference

5.      A portion of the final grade will be determined by the cumulative score on 10 news stories due weekly throughout the semester, beginning at the close of the 3rd week.  Make two copies of every story; one for your file, and one for me to evaluate.  Save the evaluated copy of each story in a notebook, you will turn in on the last day of class.  Each story will be worth 10 points and I will add a point to every story you improve by rewriting (maximum 10).

6.      Each student will also keep a daily journal of one paragraph observations. The words "like" or "as" will not appear in the entries.  The journal will be evaluated on completion and quality of effort.

Class Assessment:

News and feature stories
In class writing assignment examinations
Observation journal


                Journalism students should save the mid-term and final exams, as well as their best stories, for the portfolio. Showing your development as a writer across your academic career will be important to assessment.

There will be 600 total points graded on a 90/80/70/60% basis.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Deadlines in journalism are crucial. No late work will be accepted for full credit.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Roughly, the course will track through these skills:

·         The objective stance -- the nature of observational writing

·         Interviewing

·         Writing the feature lead

·         Gathering and writing the feature story

·         Self editing / style

·         Writing the news lead

·         Writing the news story on deadline

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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