Reporting 1

Leland K. Wood, Reporting 1, Fall 2018

Course Description:

This course is intended to provide a beginning in a process that could result in professional-level reporters by providing experiences and a theoretical basis for both the gathering and writing of news. The course emphasizes practical experience by covering a township's supervisors' (note the use of apostrophes) meeting. Classes for the course are held from 6 to 8:40 p.m. Mondays to coincide with meetings of the Richland Township Board of Supervisors, the Richland Township supervisors for our references and, on second reference, the township supervisors or the supervisors. Classes are held both in Room 222, Biddle Hall, and in the supervisors' meeting room at the township municipal building at 322 Schoolhouse Road.
The township meeting agenda of issues should direct students to story ideas outside their worlds and their conceptions of news. Most recently, the supervisors approved plans to convert Hometown Bar and Grill along Scalp Avenue into a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet and the demolition and rebuilding of the Burger King along Scalp Avenue..
Students should develop fundamental skills necessary to good writing – conception of presentations; gathering information for the conceived presentation, including conducting interviews; and practicing good writing that considers the use of each and every word.
The writing skills developed will provide evidence of the student’s professional training that is applicable to the student’s presentation of himself or herself in any kind of writing, not just “newspaper” writing. The skills developed will identify the student as a professional, capable to produce words professionally in any platform, including “new” or “social” media. Associated Press style will be followed. Also, students learn to meet a deadline, sometimes under the more extreme pressure of writing on the spot. Such spot writing capabilities are essential for presentations in faster new mass media platforms, such as Web and Twitter presentations.
The course is intended to meet learning outcomes in the World of Society and Civics by students demonstrating knowledge of the importance of civic engagement and the organizations of civic institutions and the World of Aesthetic and Creative Expression by students creating work in a written media.

Texts:

- News Reporting and Writing, latest edition, by Melvin Mencher
- Associated Press Stylebook

Syllabus: 
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Leland K. Wood, Reporting 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

This course is intended to provide a beginning in a process that could result in professional-level reporters by providing experiences and a theoretical basis for both the gathering and writing of news. The course emphasizes practical experience by covering a township's supervisors' (note the use of apostrophes) meeting. Classes for the course are held from 6 to 8:40 p.m. Mondays to coincide with meetings of the Richland Township Board of Supervisors, the Richland Township supervisors for our references and, on second reference, the township supervisors or the supervisors. Classes are held both in Room 222, Biddle Hall, and in the supervisors' meeting room at the township municipal building at 322 Schoolhouse Road.

The township meeting agenda of issues should direct students to story ideas away from their conceptions of news. Most recently, the township approved the sales of beer and wine at the Giant Eagle store at Scalp Avenue and Eisenhower Boulevard. The state liquor-control board (Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board or PLCB) allows local control of alcohol sales. The township supervisors were asked for their view on beer and wine sales at the Giant Eagle.

Students should develop fundamental skills necessary to good writing – conception of presentations; gathering information for the conceived presentation, including conducting interviews; and practicing good writing that considers the use of each and every word.

The writing skills developed are applicable to any kind of writing, not just “newspaper” writing, and they are skills necessary for use in so-called “new” of “social” media. Associated Press style will be followed. Also, students learn to meet a deadline, sometimes under the more extreme pressure of writing on the spot. Such spot writing capabilities are essential for presentations in faster new mass media forms, such as Web and Twitter presentations.

Texts:

- News Reporting and Writing, latest edition, by Melvin Mencher
- Associated Press Stylebook

Syllabus: 
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Leland K. Wood, Reporting 1, Fall 2015

Course Description:

A course in news gathering and reporting with coverage of Richland Township supervisors' meetings or in-class exercises. Students are called upon to produce a range of journalistic writing, including hard news and human interest stories. Emphasis is on deadline writing, reporter initiative, and clear and concise writing in Associated Press style.

Required Texts:

News Reporting and Writing, latest edition, by Melvin Mencher
The Associated Press Stylebook

Syllabus: 
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Leland K. Wood, Reporting 1, Fall 2013

Course Description:

A course in news gathering and reporting with coverage of Richland Township supervisors' meetings or in-class exercises. Students are called upon to produce a range of journalistic writing, including hard news and human interest stories. Emphasis is on deadline writing, reporter initiative, and clear and concise writing in Associated Press style.

Required Texts:

News Reporting and Writing, latest edition, by Melvin Mencher.
The Associated Press Stylebook

Syllabus: 
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