Syllabus

Download the Reporting Syllabus here.

Download the course schedule here.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

This schedule is subject to change in response to class needs, news events and other issues.

Week Class Assignment
1

8/25

Introductions

Syllabus and course review, neighborhood assignments, entry exam

Read news stories on your neighborhood from past 3-6 months (sfgate.com, Google news, sfbay.ca, Yahoo News, Oakland Local, Oakland Tribune, neighborhood and community news outlets, blogs)
Tour your neighborhood and do brief interviews with 10 people, a mix of residents, merchants, community activists, other neighborhood figures. Write a NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILEStart working on BUSINESS (bring story ideas to class 9/1; assignment due 9/15) and BEAT REPORT 
2

9/1

Developing a beat/Interviewing

Covering local business/Your neighborhood website

Developing your reporting style, finding story ideas, taking notes, cultivating sources, covering your neighborhood

How to tap into your local business community. Using social media as a reporting tool.

Introduction to WordPress.

BEAT REPORT; work on BUSINESS

Start developing your neighborhood website on WordPress, including an about page and links.

3

9/8

Community reporting panel discussion with:

·      Eric Eldon, Hoodline

·      Jay Barmann, SFist

·      Alexis Terrazas, El Tecolote

·      Laura Wenus, Mission Local

Business story pitches

Write BUSINESS. Revise and post NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE to your website.

Post links for at least 10 neighborhood resources to your website.

4

9/15

Database Research/Public Records

Using Lexis-Nexis, the internet and other computerized resources, as well as public documents.

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian

nallensw@sfsu.edu
Meetings/Covering City Hall

How to cover a government meeting, city politics

 

Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas 9/29

PUBLIC RECORDS

5

9/22

Field Trip to San Francisco City Hall

Please meet at 2 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, 2nd floor, San Francisco City Hall, 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place between Polk and Van Ness, Grove and McAllister Streets.

MEET Write 300- to 400-word story about one item discussed at the board meeting (due 9/23)

Get ready to pitch PROFILE ideas 9/29.

6

9/29

News Features and Profiles

You’ll pitch your idea for a profile subject and we’ll discuss how to craft compelling features

Work on PROFILE.
7

10/6

Reporting on Science/Health/Environment Work on PROFILE, SCIENCE; prepare neighborhood website for grading next week.

Prepare pitch for FINAL 10/20.

8

10/13

Covering Events/Mapping/Developing Your Final Project

You will pitch your final project ideas; we’ll also discuss mapping tools like StoryMap and Google Maps

 

Finish PROFILE.
Find an EVENT to cover before Nov. 2.Create a themed tour of your neighborhood in Google maps and post to your website by 10/27.
9

10/20

Crime and Courts

Reporting on crime and courts

Work on TRIAL; line up EVENT to cover.
10

10/27

No Class

Instructor will be out of town at college media convention

EVENT due no later than 11/3.
11

11/3

Breaking News

Covering news as it develops

Prepare 10 questions for Kristina Rizga
12

11/10

Guest speaker: Kristina Rizga, author of Mission High TRIAL

Work on FINAL proposal outline and source list.

13

11/17

Review for Final Exam

Today we’ll play a Jeopardy-style game to review for the final exam.

Work on FINAL
14

11/24

Thanksgiving week

No class

Review for final exam; work on FINAL
15

12/1

Final Exam in class today

 

Finish FINAL
16

12/8

Last Day of class

A career in journalism

How a newsroom works, lining up internships, writing a resume, landing your first job

Class party!

 

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