CA 317 Feature Writing
SP 2011 HOA
Professor of Journalism
Copley 2 South
Reporting I is strongly advised
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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
criticism. The essence of a course is contained in the questions it raises for students and for the teacher. Questioning is a critical skill in learning and practicing journalism.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Students will meet four deadlines for each story: The initial interview, additional research, first rough draft and final draft.
Initial interview on deadline = 15 points
Additional research on deadline = 10 points
First complete rough draft on deadline = 25 points
Final draft on deadline = 100 points
A portion of the grade on the final draft will assess the level of improvement from the first rough draft.
Total points for the course = 300.
Final grade follows the traditional 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% scheme
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
All work must be original. If the same work appears on papers from two or more students, all students involved will receive no points for the assignment.
All work will be placed in the appropriate dropbox for the assignment. Make hard copies to use in class and as backup. I will only grade material uploaded to the e-Companion dropbox, however.
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 place it in the e-Companion dropbox on time except in
extraordinary circumstances. Athletic trips, weddings, vacations, car trouble,
or printer problems will not be considered extraordinary.
We will establish a schedule for each story by
producing drafts and dividing the work into parts with deadlines. I will be tough about these 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. The two feature stories -- if they are turned in on deadline and time in the course permits -- may be recast for a potentially higher
grade. Late papers may not be rewritten. Assignments and stories turned in late will lose points. Of course, this will not happen.
(Exact dates may be adjusted later based on the students and
the progress of the course. Other changes in the agenda are likely)
and interviewing / Conceptualize newspaper length feature
revisited – Description of initial key interview due in dropbox Feb. 1;
Newspaper length feature –
research due in dropbox Feb.
due Feb. 10
theme / weaving a story
FIRST ROUGH DRAFT due in dropbox
first story / editing for Associated Press style.
FINAL DRAFT due in dropbox March
magazine length feature; reconsidering the lede /the organization
initial key interview due in dropbox March 17.
research due in dropbox March
Reading aloud to
clarify, simplify and smooth language / second lede due March 24
SECOND ROUGH DRAFT due in
dropbox April 5
the dead wood
FINAL DRAFT magazine length
feature probably due in dropbox April 26
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definition of plagiarism. If you appropriate someone else's work without
attribution, that's theft. If caught, you will be given an F on the paper or
project. Period. If you don't understand the nature of plagiarism, ask me. We
will discuss this in class.
If I discover the paper is not your work, I will
treat it as an act of plagiarism. If I even suspect the paper is not your work,
I may ask you to prove you wrote the paper.
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