Syllabus

Download the JOUR 300.02 Reporting Syllabus Spring 2017

Download the JOUR 300.02 Spring 2017 Schedule

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

1/24

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

1/31

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

NEIGHBORHOOD PROFILE
BUSINESS PITCH
3

2/7

Guest speaker: Brittany Hopkins, Hoodline

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

BUSINESS

Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas

 

BEAT REPORT
4

2/14

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

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

Guest Speaker: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian

nallensw@sfsu.edu

Find subject for personality PROFILE; get ready to pitch story idea for profile 2/21 BUSINESS
5

2/21

Meetings/Covering City Hall

How to cover a government meeting, city politics

Guest speaker: Emily Green

PROFILE PITCH
6

2/28

Field Trip to San Francisco City Hall

Please arrive by 2 p.m.

Optional: 2017 Mardi Gras Parade

5 p.m. Starts at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley near Biergarten

MEET Write 300- to 400-word story about one item discussed at the board meeting (due by midnight on 3/1) MEET (due at midnight 3/1)
7

3/7

Covering events

Gathering string for a holiday or event story

Cover EVENT St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 11 (http://sf.funcheap.com/san-franciscos-st-patricks-day-parade/) or another event

Parade: Starts at 11:30 a.m.
Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza

Mission District “Calle 24” Latino Art Stroll & Mural Tour
on Sunday, March 12
http://sf.funcheap.com/mission-district-calle-24-latino-art-stroll-mural-tour-sf-5/

 

2017 Brides of March
Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:30 p.m. San Francisco (meeting location to be announced)
http://sf.funcheap.com/brides-march-wedding-dress-pub-crawl-union-square/

PUBLIC RECORDS
8

3/14

No Class

Instructor will be in New York City for college media convention

 

EVENT due within 24 hours of event
9

3/21

Spring Break
No Class
Finish The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks for discussion next week

Write two story pitches for your final project

10

3/28

Crime

Reporting on crime

Guest speaker: Michael Barba, San Francisco Examiner

Finish PROFILE FINAL PROJECT pitches
11

4/4

Courts

Reporting on courts

Eportfolio Workshop

Write CRIME PROFILE
12

4/11

Breaking News Report and write TRIAL CRIME
13

4/18

Structuring the News Feature Work on FINAL PROJECT TRIAL
14

4/25

 

No class this week. Conferences to discuss your final project FINAL PROJECT OUTLINE AND SOURCE LIST
4/26

7:30 p.m.

Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, will speak as part of the City Arts & Lectures series at the Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Tickets are $29 but student discount tickets are available for $10.
15

5/2

Discussion of  Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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

Review for Final Exam
16

5/9

Final Exam in class today

Last day of class

FINAL PROJECT