Syllabus

Download the JOUR 300.03 Reporting Syllabus S2018

Download the JOUR 300.03 JOUR 300GW Course Schedule S2018

 

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

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

 

Week Class Assignment to work on Assignment

due today

1

1/23-25

Introductions

Tuesday: Syllabus and course review, neighborhood assignments

Thursday: Assessment exam

 

 

Read news stories on your neighborhood from past 3-6 months (sfgate.com, Google news, sfbay.ca, Hoodline, Yahoo News, East Bay Times, 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 (due 2/1)Start working on BUSINESS (bring story ideas to class); and BEAT REPORT
2

1/29-31

Developing a Beat/Interviewing

Covering Local Business

Tuesday: Reporting 101
How to get information, developing your reporting style, finding story ideas, taking notes, cultivating sources, covering your neighborhood

Thursday: Reporting on Local Business
How to tap into your local business community. Using social media as a reporting tool.

BEAT REPORT

BUSINESS

BUSINESS PITCH ( due 1/29)

NEIGHBOR-HOOD PROFILE (due 2/1)

 

3

2/6-2/8

Covering a Community

Tuesday: Community News Forum

How you can publish your stories for this class on a professional website

Guest speakers:

Alexis Terrazas, El Tecolote

Walter Thompson, Hoodline

Thursday: Using Social Media as a Reporting Tool

BUSINESS

Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas

 

BEAT REPORT (due 2/8)
Friday, Feb. 9 is the last day to drop a class without a W
4

2/13-15

Profile Writing

Tuesday: Finding a Profile subject

Thursday: Interviewing: Going Deep

Find subject for personality PROFILE; get ready to pitch story idea for profile 2/20 BUSINESS (due 2/15)
5

2/20-22

Covering Events and Meetings
Tuesday: Covering Events
Thursday: Meetings/Covering City HallHow to cover a government meeting, city politics
Cover an event. See Assignment Pack for suggestions (due within 24 hours of the event) PROFILE PITCH (due 2/22)
6

2/27-3/1

City Hall Reporting
Tuesday: Field trip to San Francisco City Hall for Board of Supervisors Meeting
. If possible, please plan to arrive by 2 p.m. and plan to stay till at least 5 p.m. (You may attend another meeting if this conflicts with your schedule.)Thursday: No class 
MEET Write 300- to 400-word story about one item discussed at the board meeting (due by 11:59 on 2/28) MEET (due at 11:59 2/28)
7

3/6-8

Database Research/Public Records/Using social media as a reporting tool

Tuesday: Freedom of Information, using public records to report

Thursday Guest Speaker: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian

nallensw@sfsu.edu

Database Research/Public Records/Using social media as a reporting tool

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

Guest Speaker: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian

nallensw@sfsu.edu

Cover EVENT (see Assignment Pack for more details)

 

8

3/13-15

Issue/Trend Reporting
Tuesday: Delving into deeper issues
Thursday: Finding, using statistics
PUBLIC RECORDS (due 3/15) EVENT due within 24 hours of event, no later than 3/18
9

3/20-22

Spring Break
No Class
Write two story pitches for your final project

Read The 57 Bus in preparation for guest speaker Dashka Slater on 3/29

10

3/27-29

Crime

Tuesday: Reporting on crime

Thursday: Dashka Slater talks about The 57 Bus

Finish PROFILE FINAL PROJECT PROPOSAL (due 3/29)
11

4/3-5

Courts

Tuesday: Reporting on courts

Thursday: Anatomy of a trial

Write CRIME PROFILE

(due 4/5)

12

4/10-12

Structuring the News Feature

Tuesday: Reporting the news feature

Thursday: Writing the news feature

Report and write TRIAL CRIME

(NEW DEADLINE due 4/19)

13

4/17-19

Breaking News

Tuesday: Covering breaking news

Thursday: Breaking news drill

Work on FINAL PROJECT TRIAL

(NEW DEADLINE due 4/26)

14

4/24-26

 

Individual conferences
No class this week. Conferences to discuss your final project
 
FINAL PROJECT OUTLINE AND SOURCE LIST (due at conference this week)
15

5/1-3

Review for Final Exam

Tuesday: Eportfolio training

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

 

Review for Final Exam
16

5/8-10

Tuesday: A Career in Journalism
Thursday:
Final Exam Part I
17

5/15

Last day of class:
Final Exam Part II
FINAL PROJECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

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