CA 317 Feature Writing
SP 2009 HO
Professor of Journalism
12:25 - 1:40 PM
Reporting I CA 201 is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
"The Last American Hero Is Junior Johnson,
Yes?" by Tom Wolfe, Esquire Magazine, July 1965 (provided for download)
Blue Highways by William Least Heat
Selected articles from current magazines, newspapers
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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
and writing are essential tools to achieve depth of understanding and
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
We will work by establishing a schedule for each story by
producing drafts. I will be tough about these draft deadlines – for your good and for my
good. I will comment on drafts if they are turned in on time. Major
stories in final form will be due around
four weeks and 12 weeks. Papers turned in on time may be recast for higher grades. Late
papers may not be rewritten. Grades will be lowered one letter each session
a final paper is late. Of course, this will not happen.
In an effort to simplify the
grading process, I will not accept stories pinned to my door, slid under my
door, handed to me in the hallway, left in my mailbox or sent via e-mail. To
secure a grade for your paper, you must hand it in on time during class except
in extraordinary circumstances. Athletic trips, weddings, vacations, car
trouble, or printer problems will not
be considered extraordinary.
Feature writing is designed as a mastery course. The idea is
to write a good first draft then spend plenty of time revising until the final
draft is perfect. A student may rewrite
as many times as she wants, seeking mastery. Mere rewriting, however, does not
ensure a higher evaluation -- some rewrites are simply not successful. But most
are. Take advantage of this rare opportunity of spirit and time to do something
of which you are proud.
The instructor will choose one of your two stories as the
Grading: Stories will be weighted equally.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Grades will be lowered one letter each session a final draft
is late. This policy is more merciful than the policies followed by most
editors and managers in the commercial world.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Civility and participation will be required.
Week 1 Drawing with words -- family portrait
Week 2 Conceptualization and interviewing /
Conceptualize newspaper length feature
Week 3 The lede revisited – FIRST LEDE due Friday
Week 4 Organization / Newspaper length feature
ROUGH DRAFT due
Week 5 Editing the first story / editing for
Associated Press style. FINAL DRAFT due Friday.
Week 6 Conceptualize magazine length feature
Reconsidering the lede /the organization
Week 7 Clearing away the dead wood / Adding
Week 8 Reading
aloud to clarify, simplify and smooth language / SECOND LEDE due
Weeks 9 - 14 will roughly follow the scheme
above, with surprises – SECOND ROUGH DRAFT due at the end of Week 9; FINAL
DRAFT magazine length feature probably due at 12 or 13 weeks
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OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS / JOURNALISM
arts graduate in journalism is a thinking
journalist capable of
adapting to change and creating change in the profession,
committed to truth and the empowerment of all citizens through the
arts of journalism.
The graduate recognizes excellence and strives
to produce it. The
graduate’s professional and personal ethics are in harmony,
motivated by a sense
of purpose for good in the community. The graduate
individuality and respects differences while searching
for the common good.
purpose of media education is to produce well-rounded graduates who have critical
thinking skills as well as practical skills, and who have an understanding of
the philosophy of the media and a dedication to the public service role that
the media have in our society.”
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Task Force, 1996, p. 106
HOW THIS COURSE FITS INTO THE DEPARTMENT MISSION
This course is an
upper division excursion in writing the major print or Web feature story, or --
with approval -- producing the major broadcast documentary feature. It seeks to
improve your writing skills. You will develop criteria for excellence in the
field. The course will improve your interviewing skills. The course will help
clarify your sense of purpose in the profession. The course will call on your
analytic skills in fact-gathering and focus extensively on conceptualization --
a key skill for happy journalism.
The course no longer
satisfies the requirements for En 306, Writing in the Discipline.
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