CA 316 Reporting II
SP 2011 HO
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
12:00 - 1:15 PM
Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University, edited by
Mark Kramer and Wendy Call.
Additional Resources: Handouts and outside readings as needed.
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Educational Philosophy: Experience is the best teacher; no effort fails if something is learned. Get out and do; take risks; assess; grow.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Class Assessment: Grade will be determined by the quality of the stories you generate from your beat and the depth and quality of the beat-related blog. Quizzes on assigned readings and current events, shorter class-wide assignments, class participation and your working relationship with the editor, with your sources and with your peers also will factor into your grade. A key component to this class will be the relationship between reporter (student) and editor (instructor), so one-on-one sessions will be periodically scheduled.
Grading: 1,000-point system:
Blog: 150 points
Feature story (at least 1,000 words): 150 points
Issues-based news story (at least 1,000 words): 150 points
Shorts (four, 500 words each, 25 points each): 100 points
Narrative story (at least 2,000 words): 250 points
Various classroom assignments, quizzes: 100 points
Class participation and editing process: 100 points
Late Submission of Course Materials: Not accepted. Exceptions possible, not probable, in extreme situations and must be approved in advance of deadline.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Respect each other. Computers are classroom tools. Absolutely no texting, tweeting or twiddling allowed. Silence all cell phones. Violators will be marked absent.
Students may improve their grades on their two major
stories (up to 15 points) and shorts (up to 2.5 points) by rewriting within a
It doesn’t matter what order the student submits the feature
and news story, as long as the deadline schedule is met.
Stories and shorts must be submitted on paper and
e-mailed to the instructor, and they are to be uploaded to the blog by the
beginning of class on the due date.
Students may choose a beat from a list of suggestions to
be handed out on Jan. 12 or choose a beat not on the list. Students will list their top three beat
choices and briefly explain why they made those choices. All beats must be
approved by the instructor, who will try to accommodate each top choice. Some
beats might be shared.
Students will be required to maintain a blog or online
journal, populating it with stories written for class and augmenting it with
digital images, video clips, calendars, blurbs, forums, links and/or anything
else that might add depth.
“Telling True Stories,” parts 1-7, will be used primarily
for classroom discussions, and as a source of additional assignments, readings
and quizzes. Students will read
one part each week.
Week 1 (Jan. 10-12):
Week 2 (Jan. 19): Make beat requests
Week 3 (Jan 24-26): Beats assigned by 1-24
Week 4 (Jan. 31-Feb. 2): Create blog by 1-31
Week 5 (Feb. 7-9):
First short due 2-7
Week 6 (Feb. 14-16):
Second short due 2-14
Week 7 (Feb. 23):
Third short due 2-23
Week 8 (Feb. 28-March 2): Story 1 due 3-2
Week 9: Break
Week 10 (March 14-16): Narrative topic chosen
Week 11 (March 21-23):
Fourth short due 3-21
Week 12 (March 28-30):
Story 2 due 3-28
Week 13 (April 4-6):
Week 14 (April 11-13): Final blog entry: 4-13
Week 15 (April 18-20): Narrative due: 4-18
Week 16 (April 25-27): Class review, self-critiques and blog
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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
Plagiarism: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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Additional Information:All beats must be approved by the editor/teacher. The best stories for this class will be found off campus. Look for a beat that interests you, one with depth, one whose story you want to tell. The beat could be a place: a whole town within driving distance, a distinct neighborhood or district within a city, a length of highway, a stretch of river. It could be a thing: a unit of government, an industry, a school district, a hospital, a business district. Or it could be a topic: heath care, education, environment, sports, social service & welfare, crime. From this beat you will produce four shorts, at least one news story, one feature and one narrative piece, and it will be the source of your blog/online journal. Whatever you choose, develop a vision for your coverage before you make your pitch for approval. This must be done early in the semester, so do not dally.
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