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Journalism 102-1 (News Reporting)
Second Semester, AY 2002-2003

COURSE OUTLINE

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Covering and writing the news

 

COURSE OUTLINE:

A. Overview of News Reporting

  1. Definition of News
  2. Organization of a News Story
  3. Types of News Reports
  4. Characteristics of a Good News Story

B. News Gathering

  1. Primary sources of information (e.g., interviews, first-hand data)
  2. Secondary sources of information (e.g., processed data, secondary and tertiary accounts)
  3. Conducting interviews
  4. Practical tips in News Gathering

C. Writing the News

  1. Identifying the angle and focus of a story
  2. Writing the lead of the story
  3. Writing the body of the story

 

EXERCISES:

  1. On-the-spot writing of leads and bodies of the story
  2. Rewriting of selected news stories
  3. Writing stories based on transcripts of interviews
  4. Covering the beat

 

COURSE ACTIVITIES:

Lectures, group reports, film showing, writing exercises (i.e., on-the-spot and take-home), workshops

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

Papers / Exercises50%
Investigative or Interpretive Report20%
Midterm exam15%
Final exam15%
 100%

 

REFERENCES:

  • Arao, D. (2002). Seminar-Workshop on Investigative Reporting. In Company Training 2002 of 239 students of Bicol University at the UP College of Mass Communication. 24 April to 6 May.
  • Arao, D., Chua, Y., & Pabico, A. (1997). The Electronic Trail: Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting in the Philippines. Manila: PCIJ.
  • Selected issues of broadsheets (e.g., Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star)
  • Selected issues of Journalism Asia
  • Selected issues of Philippine Journalism Review

(Other readings to be assigned)

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:
(subject to change with prior notice)

November 18, 2002 Orientation / Definition of News
November 25Definition of News (continuation)
Organization of News Story
First on-the-spot writing exercise
December 2 Types of News Reports (group report)
December 9 Characteristics of a Good News Story (group report)
Second on-the-spot writing exercise
December 16 Primary and secondary sources of information (group report)
Deadline: News article (topic to be assigned)
January 6 First News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Distribution of Take-home Midterm Exam Questions
January 13 Conducting interviews
Deadline: News article (topic to be assigned)
January 20 Second News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
Submission of Take-home Midterm Exam
January 27 Practical tips in news gathering (group report)
Assignment of beats
February 3 Writing the news (refresher lecture based on class output and workshop results)
Deadline: News article (beat reports)
February 10 Third News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted articles)
February 17 Critiquing of selected, published news stories
February 24 Review of Investigative and Interpretive Reporting
Deadline: Rewrite of selected, published news stories
March 3 Fourth News Articles Workshop (students should read all the submitted rewrites)
March 10 Discussion of Investigative or Interpretive Reports to be submitted
Distribution of Take-home Final Exam Questions
March 17 RESEARCH WORK on assigned investigative or interpretive report
March 24 Deadline: Investigative or Interpretive Report
April 2 Submission of Take-home Final Exam

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