Download the Reporting Syllabus here.
Download the JOUR 300 Reporting Class Schedule here.
Here is a tentative schedule. Some deadlines, class activities and assignments may change. Updates will be posted here.
Assignment to work on
Assignment due today
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
|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.
|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
Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas
|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|
|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)|
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|
|Database Research/Public Records
Using Lexis-Nexis, the internet and other online resources, as well as public documents.
GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian
|Look for story for final project; prepare pitch for next week||Pre-election
Neighbor-hood website mid-term review
|News Features and Profiles/Covering events
Final project proposal
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|
Using interactive maps to tell stories
Discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
(due within 24 hours of the event by today)
|Crime and Punishment
Reporting on crime and courts
|Neighbor-hood tour/ map|
|No class: Fall Break
Have a happy Thanksgiving
|Write final project outline and source list|
|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
|Final Exam in class today
|Finish final project|
|Last Day of class
A career in journalism
How a newsroom works, lining up internships, writing a resume, landing your first job