CA 317 Feature Writing
SP 2013 HOA
Professor of Journalism
Copley 1 South
8 a.m. - 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. - noon Fridays by appointment, I will be available for assistance in the darkroom from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. most Fridays and by darkroom appointment subject to faculty meeting schedules
1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
CA 201 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
issues. Reading and writing are essential tools to achieve depth of
understanding and criticism. Learning
to question is the central work of a learning environment and
will be the key method of the course.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Total points for the course = 200.
Final grade follows the traditional 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% scheme
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
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. I am inclined to make a lot of comments; I feel this is where we achieve our best learning and some of our best communication. Major
stories in final form will be due around six weeks and 13 weeks into the semester. 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. 2;
Newspaper length feature –
research due in dropbox Feb.9
due Feb. 14
theme / weaving a story
FIRST ROUGH DRAFT due in dropbox
first story / editing for Associated Press style.
FINAL DRAFT due in dropbox March 6
magazine length feature; reconsidering the lede /the organization
initial key interview due in dropbox March 29.
research due in dropbox April 3.
Reading aloud to
clarify, simplify and smooth language / second lede due April 10
SECOND ROUGH DRAFT due in
dropbox April 17
the dead wood
FINAL DRAFT magazine length
feature probably due in dropbox May 1.
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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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95Lofflin's policy:
Any example of plagiarism will result in at least an F on the assignment but may result in an F for the course. Any example of plagiarism will generate a report to the Student Academic Conduct Board. If you don't understand plagiarism, see me. We will spend one or two sessions early in the course discussing this topic.
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
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