Writing for Print,
Electronic & Online Media


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1:30 - 2:45 pm
DBH 224
Prof. Bob Rucker

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Writing for the Web



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Media Associations

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Follow-up on FEATURE STORY assignment.
Graded papers returned today.


REVIEW: Major elements needed in each feature:

A unique, local and/or timely focus that
connects with our broader local readership

Factual support with attribution for your chosen
story angle to enable reporter credibility with readers

Tommy Tran and additional balancing source quotes
to provide balance or broader perspectives

Good writing which clearly, precisely
and creatively tells an interesting story.


ONLINE FEATURE STORIES

Swine flu closes more Bay Area schools

Branham students say week off for swine flu scare
is not what it's cracked up to be


HBO's Alzheimer's series aims to push for cure

Cowboys assistant coach set for surgery

Hired! Job searching from coast to coast

Getting paid not to work

 

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Current Textbook Reading Assignment:
Chapters 4, 5 & 8

J61 Class : Newspaper feature writing assignment

Focus: Tommy Tran (Unique points he raised)
Our Guest Lecturer Monday. Keep your notes for
your story. Now look for additional sources
to round out your story. That means you can
contact other SJSU Journalism faculty or local
media professionals - NOT BY EMAIL.

Write a two page, double-spaced, half-inch margins
 newspaper feature story.

Thanks to Prof. Tom Ulrich for his special
newspaper guest lectures!

This story is due to Prof. Rucker:
MONDAY, APRIL 27th in class only!
*Graded Assignment*

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News Voyager: Finding a newspaper nationwide

How to write a newspaper article

Newspaper Writing

 

   How to become a...


Newspaper Columnist

Sports Columnist

Fashion Columnist

Movie Critic
 

Dealing with Spelling Errors

Insider Info - Newspaper Careers

Skills for Working as an Overseas Journalist

Obituary Writing Tips



The Newspaper Industry 2009
 

 
News & Info Links:


KCBS Newsradio
SJ Mercury News
SF Chronicle
Sacramento Bee

NBC11 Bay Area
KTVU Ch 2

ABC NEWS
CBS News
CNN.com
MSNBC

NY Times
Washington Post
LA Times
USA Today
Chicago


TIME
Newsweek
 


NEWS HAS NO HOLIDAYS!
 


Drops to third
in national

ratings behind

FOX & MSNBC

Current Edition:
 

How to save our newspapers
Do newspapers have a future?
Blog: There's the death of print & then there's the death of print



 


History of Valentine's Day
History.com

 

Welcome to the INFORMATION AGE explosion!

 Jobs Available !!!   Help Wanted Now:
Good multimedia trained, multi-subject news writers with good
grammar, spelling and self-starter, critical thinking skills
who can multi-task under time-pressured deadlines.

      

             
  

JOUR 61: WRITING FOR PRINT, ELECTRONIC AND ONLINE MEDIA
 (3 UNITS). Introduction to writing for media--newspaper, magazines,
electronic and the Internet--as well as producing content for multi-media
distribution in a converged media environment. Emphasis on how different
media require different writing styles and content.

Prerequisites including major restrictions: ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B.

 


Timely Writing- Online Media Efforts:

SUPER BOWL FOCUS

Spike.com -
A Destination for Men
Super Bowl Ads.com
UrbanMecca.com -
Diversity & Inclusion

Wallet Pop - Racy Super Bowl Stuff
The Game & Violence against women - A hoax?
More info about this belief
 


 

Student Learning Objectives

To successfully complete this course, students must be able to:

Demonstrate that they can write a hard news story in multimedia
formats for radio, TV, newspapers, magazines and online.

Demonstrate that they can write and/or produce content for
convergent media.

Demonstrate the ability to transcribe quotations exactly and
attribute all information or action to a source if they
don't observe it.

  • Demonstrate the ability to verify all assertions of fact when
    gathering information and when interviewing sources for a story.
     
  • Write and/or produce stories that demonstrate good journalistic
    writing that is factually accurate, fair, clear, concise and has good
    sourcing and attribution as well as the correct use of quotes,
    grammar, spelling and Associated Press or broadcast news style.
     
  • Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for good
    journalistic writing, including factual accuracy, fairness, clarity,
    conciseness, good sourcing and attribution as well as the correct
    use of quotes, grammar, spelling and Associated Press style.
           
  • Explain how different approaches to news consumers shape
     the conception, reporting and writing of stories in various media.



    REQUIRED TEXTBOOK:

Harrower, Tim (2006).  Inside reporting: 
           A practical guide to the craft of journalism

Boston: McGraw-Hill. 



Helpful Support Texts

Self help books for those who know they need to work on
improving their spelling and basic writing skills.
 

WORKING WITH WORDS,
A Handbook for Media Writers and Editors, 5th edition, by Brian Brooks ,
James Pinson and Jean Gaddy Wilson.

Media Writer's Handbook, A Guide To Common Writing & Editing
Problems, 4th edition, George T. Arnold.
 
WHEN WORDS COLLIDE, A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and
Style, 3rd edition, by Lauren Kessler and Duncan McDonald
 

     

    


 


5/4 Update: Still on
verge of bankruptcy


5/3 Video Report
 

5/4: Swine flu
closes more
Bay Area schools


SJSU Updates
Latest campus information

More Details:

CNN
World Health Organization (WHO)
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

American Medical Association (AMA)
See potential symptoms
& treatment suggestions

 

 

BEWARE!

One in five employers uses social networks in
hiring process.


Can they do this legally?

Top areas of concern
on social networking sites


Social networking sites
dos and don'ts

 

 




"Before you shoot
off your mouth,
make sure
your brains are
loaded."

- Abraham Lincoln
16th President
 

All students
must keep up with
Current Events
daily.
Expect to be asked
"What's the latest
news" in every class.
 

ABC News

Associated Press

CNN

CBS News

MSNBC

MTV Rock the Vote

FOX News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

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