Download the Reporting Syllabus here.
Download the course schedule here.
This schedule is subject to change in response to class needs, news events and other issues.
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
|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.
|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.
|Database Research/Public Records
Using Lexis-Nexis, the internet and other computerized resources, as well as public documents.
GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian
How to cover a government meeting, city politics
|Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas 9/29
|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.
|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.|
|Reporting on Science/Health/Environment||Work on PROFILE, SCIENCE; prepare neighborhood website for grading next week.
Prepare pitch for FINAL 10/20.
|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
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.
|Crime and Courts
Reporting on crime and courts
|Work on TRIAL; line up EVENT to cover.|
Instructor will be out of town at college media convention
|EVENT due no later than 11/3.|
Covering news as it develops
|Prepare 10 questions for Kristina Rizga|
|Guest speaker: Kristina Rizga, author of Mission High||TRIAL
Work on FINAL proposal outline and source list.
|Review for Final Exam
Today we’ll play a Jeopardy-style game to review for the final exam.
|Work on FINAL|
|Review for final exam; work on FINAL|
|Final Exam in class today
|Last Day of class
A career in journalism
How a newsroom works, lining up internships, writing a resume, landing your first job