Syllabus

Download the Reporting Syllabus here.

Download the JOUR 300 Reporting Class Schedule here.

Course Schedule

Here is a tentative schedule. Some deadlines, class activities and assignments may change. Updates will be posted here.

Week
Class
Assignment to work on
Assignment due today
1

8/30

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 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 profile..

Start working on BUSINESS (bring story ideas to class; and BEAT REPORT

2

9/6

Developing a beat/Interviewing

Covering local business

How to get information, 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.

BEAT REPORT

BUSINESS

Neighbor-hood Profile
Business pitch
3

9/13

Community reporting forum featuring:

·      Alexis Terrazas, El Tecolote

·      Allie Pape, Hoodline

·      Laura Wenus, Mission Local

·      Steven Moss, The Potrero View

·      Keith Spencer, The Bold Italic

·      Susan Dyer Reynolds, Marina Times

BUSINESS

Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas

 

Beat Report
4

9/20

Meetings/Covering City Hall

How to cover a government meeting, city politics

 

Find subject for personality profile; get ready to pitch story idea for profile 10/4 Business
5

9/27

Field Trip to San Francisco City Hall

Please arrive by 2 p.m.

MEET Write 300- to 500-word story about one item discussed at the board meeting (due by midnight on 9/28) Meet (due 9/28)
6

10/4

Covering Elections

Pitch meeting: Profiles

 

PRE-ELECTION Write a 500- to 600-word story about the election. It could be a preview story on a particular race or ballot initiative; a report on an election event, such as a candidates’ forum or speech; or a story on campaign finance reports in a particular race. Profile pitch
7

10/11

Database Research/Public Records

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

 

GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian

nallensw@sfsu.edu

 

Look for story for final project; prepare pitch for next week Pre-election

 

Neighbor-hood website mid-term review

8

10/18

News Features and Profiles/Covering events

 

Public records
Final project proposal
9

10/25

No Class

Instructor will be in Atlanta at college media convention

 

Cover Halloween or Day of the Dead event. Submit story within 24 hours of event Profile
10

11/1

Mapping

Using interactive maps to tell stories

Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Event

(due within 24 hours of the event by today)

11

11/8

Election Day
12

11/15

Crime and Punishment

Reporting on crime and courts

Neighbor-hood tour/ map
13

11/22

No class: Fall Break

Have a happy Thanksgiving

Write final project outline and source list
14

11/29

Review for Final Exam

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

Review for final exam Final project outline and source list

Trial

15

12/6

Final Exam in class today

 

Finish final project
16

12/13

Last Day of class

A career in journalism

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

Class party!

 

Final project