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IAI Major Course Description - MC919 : Basic News Writing

(3 semester credits)

Introduction to news writing including, the techniques of news gathering, reporting, and interviewing; the use of library and online database research methods; and other related skills. Students write basic stories under real time constraints. On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • write clear, concise, accurate, complete, balanced and readable news stories;
  • define what constitutes news and how news stories differ from features and opinion pieces;
  • effectively apply research skills for writing news stories;
  • write effective leads;
  • write a variety of types of news stories;
  • gather and write news in an ethical manner and apply the laws governing journalists;
  • demonstrate knowledge of AP stylebook rules; and
  • write under deadline pressure.

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