CA 317 Feature Writing
SP 2008 HO
Professor of journalism
Copley 2 South
1:50 - 3:05 PM
· America's Best Newspaper Writing by Clark and Scanlan
· The Literature of Journalism: Text and Context by R. Thomas Berner
· Selected articles from current magazines and 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 issues. Reading and writing are essential tools to achieve depth of understanding and criticism.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
We will work by establishing a schedule for each story and by producing drafts. The instructor 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 week a final paper is late. Of course, this will not happen.
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 core assessment.
Each manuscript will be weighted equally.
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Grades will be lowered one letter each week 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:
· Week 1 Drawing with words -- family portrait
· Week 2 Conceptualization and interviewing / Conceptualize newspaper length feature
· Week 3 The lead revisited
· 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 lead /the organization
· Week 7 Clearing away the dead wood / Adding research
· Week 8 Reading aloud to clarify, simplify and smooth language / ROUGH DRAFT due
· Weeks 9 - 14 will roughly follow the scheme above, with surprises – FINAL DRAFT magazine length feature probably due at 12 weeks
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HOW THIS COURSE FITS INTO THE DEPARTMENT MISSION
This course is an upper division excursion in writing the major print feature, or, with approval, producing the major broadcast 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 MISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION ARTS / JOURNALISM
The communication arts graduate in journalism is a thinking
journalist capable of adapting to change and creating change in the profession,
open-minded, 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
celebrates individuality and respects differences while searching
for the common good.
“...the 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
Curriculum Task Force, 1996, p. 106
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