Tentative Class Schedule
Week 1 (Week of Sept. 18)
M Class overview. Meet Jibsheet editors.
T Special presentation: Working with editors! Diagnostic writing assignment in-class.
W Please have read Chapter 3, “What Is News?”
TH Continued discussion of “What Is News?”
F Please have read Chapter 2, “Components of the Story”
Week 2 (Week of Sept. 25)
M News Quiz. Get first assignment from Jibsheet editors
T Please have read Chapter 6, “Story Structure.” Discuss Jibsheet.
W Continued discussion of “Story Structure”
TH Please have read Chapter 15, “Interviewing Practices and Principles.” How to
integrate quotes into stories.
F Draft due of first assignment
Week 3 (Week of Oct. 2)
M News Quiz. Get assignment #2.
T Assignment #1 due. Discuss Jibsheet.
W Please have studied AP Stylebook.
TH Continued discussion of style and copyediting
F Draft of #2 due.
Week 4 (Week of Oct. 9)
M News quiz. Get assignment #3.
T Story #2 due. Discuss Jibsheet.
W No classes
TH Please have read Chapter 5, “The Lead”
F Draft of #3 due.
Week 5 (Week of Oct. 16)
M News quiz. Get assignment #4
T Story #3 due. Discuss Jibsheet.
W Please have read Chapter 8, “Features, Long Stories and Series” – how news and
features are different.
TH Midterm exam
F Draft of #4 due.
Week 6 (Week of Oct. 23)
M News quiz. Get assignment #5
T Story #4 due. Discuss Jibsheet.
W Please have read Chapters 20, 23 and 24, on covering beats.
TH Continued discussion of beat reporting
F Draft of #5 due.
Week 7 (Week of Oct. 30)
M No classes
T News quiz. Get assignment #6. Story #5 due.
W Discussion of writing for the internet, blogs, and other new media.
TH Continued discussion.
F Draft of #6 due.
Week 8 (Week of Nov. 6)
M News quiz. Get assignment #7
T Story #6 due.
W Please have read Chapter 9, “Broadcast News Writing.”
TH Draft of #7 due.
F No classes
Week 9 (Week of Nov. 13)
M News quiz. Get assignments #8.
T Story #7 due. See film “All The President’s Men.”
W “All the President’s Men.”
TH Finish “All the President’s Men.” Discussion.
F Draft of #8 due.
Week 10 (Week of Nov. 20)
M News quiz.
T Story #8 due.
W Newspaper and broadcast ethics. Please have read chapters 26 and 27.
Week 11 (Week of Nov. 27)
M News quiz.
T Final issue for fall of the Jibsheet.
W Discussion of Edward R Murrow and Joseph McCarthy
TH see video
F Review for final exam; two broadcast stories are due
Week 12 (week of Dec. 4)
M Comm 141 Final Exam 11:30 – 1:20