Syllabus

Revised Reporting Schedule Spring 2015

Download the Reporting Syllabus Spring 2015

Download the Reporting Schedule Spring 2015

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

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

Week Class Assignment
1

1/27

IntroductionsSyllabus and course review, neighborhood assignments, entry exam, introduction to Bay News Now 

 

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 profile by 2/3.Start working on BUSINESS (bring story ideas to class 2/3; assignment due 2/17) and BEAT REPORT (due 2/10) 
2

2/3

Developing a beat/InterviewingCovering local businessHow 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.

Exercise: Interview a student and write a 300-word REPORTER PROFILE for Bay News Now.

See examples at http://nola14.nytimes-institute.com/category/students/

 

BEAT REPORT (due 2/10)REPORTER PROFILE (due 2/10)
BUSINESS (due 2/17) 
3

2/10

Database Research/Public RecordsUsing Lexis-Nexis, the internet and other computerized resources, as well as public documents. 

GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Allensworth, SFSU librarian

nallensw@sfsu.edu

Review and edit REPORTER PROFILE with partner; post to Bay News Now

BUSINESS (due 2/17)Search for profile subject; get ready to pitch ideas 2/17
Read: What will hot issues be at S.F. City Hall in 2015?, San Francisco ChronicleLondon Breed elected president of SF Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Chronicle
4

2/17

Meetings/Covering City HallHow to cover a government meeting, city politics  PUBLIC RECORDS (due 2/24)Get ready to pitch story idea for profile 3/3
5

2/24

Field Trip to San Francisco City HallPlease arrive by 1:10 p.m. We’ll begin with a tour of City Hall and then go to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting.
Tour Guide: Michael Pawluk, Media Director, General Services Agency, City and County of San Francisco 
MEET Write 300- to 500-word story about one item discussed at the board meeting (due 2/25)
6

3/3

Finding a Story in an Event/Education ReportingField trip to San Francisco Public Press
44 Page St., Suite 504
(a half-block off Market, near the Van Ness Muni stop)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Meet at 1:15 p.m.Guest speakers: Michael Stoll and Jeremy Adam Smith, San Francisco Public Press

 

Write up two proposals for your final project due 3/17Cover Chinese New Year Parade on Saturday, March 7 (5:15 to 8 p.m.), St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 14 (11:30 a.m.) or another event this week. Submit story within six hours of the event you cover.EDUCATION due 3/31
7

3/10

No Class Instructor will be out of town at college media convention  Cover EVENT (see details above)
8

3/17

Breaking News/Crime
Working with police, interviewing witnesses and victims 
CRIME due 4/7
9

3/24

Spring Break
No classes this week
EDUCATION due 3/31
10

3/31

Developing the News Feature Story
Developing sources, going deep
Final project detailed outline due at your conference week of 4/7.
11

4/7

Covering a Trial Trial due 4/21Profile due 4/14Prepare 10 questions for Matt Richtel

Rewrite Education story

12

4/14

Book Discussion: A Deadly Wandering
Guest Speaker: Matt Richtel
Work on final project
13

4/21

No Class Today
Individual meetings this week to discuss final projects
14

4/28

Review for Final Exam

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

Review for final exam
15

5/5

Final Exam in class today  Finish final project
16

5/12

Last Day of classA career in journalismHow a newsroom works, lining up internships, writing a resume, landing your first job

Class party!

 

FINAL PROJECT due
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