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NEWS WRITING AND REPORTING
|Subject:||NEWS WRITING AND REPORTING|
|Programme:||GRADUADO EN PERIODISMO. PLAN 2014 (BOE 15/10/2014)|
|Module:||LENGUA Y MEDIOS DE COMUNICACIÓN|
|Year:||3||Teaching period:||Primer Cuatrimestre|
|Classroom activities:||56||Individual study:||94|
|Main teaching language:||Inglés||Secondary teaching language:||Inglés|
The aim of this subject is to learn how to write news pieces in English including headlines, leads, nut graphs and the rest of the article. Different structures of the news story will be analyzed as well as the appropriate language for writing news in English. Students will become familiar with the tools needed to correctly develop a story from beginning to end. They will learn news writing style and the main parts of a news story and its news style. The subject will be taught as a workshop in which the students are required to investigate and cover news stories. Techniques to obtain information through different sources will be studied and put into practice.
PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCES ACQUIRED IN THE SUBJECT:
|General programme competences||G01||Ability to analyse and synthesise.|
|G03||Ability to organise and plan.|
|G05||Use of Information Technologies.|
|G06||Knowledge of a foreign language.|
|G10||Ability to work in an international context.|
|G11||Ability to apply knowledge.|
|G13||Ability to undertake research.|
|Specific programme competences||E02||Ability to read and analyse specialised texts and documents on any relevant topic and be able to summarise or adapt them using language or vocabulary appropriate to the lay person.|
|E04||Capacity and ability to seek, choose and prioritise any source or document (written, sound file, visual, etc.) of use in the creation and processing of information; likewise in the pursuit of effective communication or fictionalisation and entertainment.|
|E05||Basic ability to understand written or audiovisual news or communicative production in standard English.|
|E08||Capacity and ability to use the information and communications technologies and techniques in the various media or combined or interactive media systems (multimedia).|
|E10||Capacity and ability to discharge the primary journalism tasks.|
|E17||Ability to understand and analyse the social communicative situation in the Autonomous Region (structure, policies and working) in a Spanish, European or worldwide context.|
|E25||Ability to define research areas that may contribute to awareness, advances and debates on information and communication; likewise how to suitably present the results of research in spoken, written, audiovisual or digital forms.|
|Learning outcomes||R01||Carry out an interview with a source in order to write a news piece.|
|R02||Correctly use sources and attribution.|
|R03||Construct a news piece with the main parts of a news story based on the characteristics of that story and the audience of the news outlet; cover different types of news and be organized to cover a regular beat; and write a complete news article in English.|
|R04||Know the techniques required of a journalist to find information and investigate sources and documentation to be able to write a complete news story.|
|R05||Apply the AP style rules to articles written in English, and correctly use English grammar rules in writing news stories.|
To have passed the 2nd-year subject "Journalism."
|1 - Introduction|
|2 - Newswriting Style|
|2.1 - Prewriting and Simplifying|
|2.2 - Remaining Objective|
|3 - Language of News|
|3.1 - Efectiveness of Words|
|3.2 - Preciseness and Strong Verbs|
|4 - AP Style|
|4.1 - Abbreviations|
|4.2 - Capitalization|
|4.3 - Numerals|
|4.4 - Time|
|4.5 - AP Style Review|
|5 - Beat reporting|
|5.1 - Covering a beat|
|5.2 - Finding story ideas and sources|
|6 - Exam|
|7 - Newsroom writing workshop|
|8 - Newswriting Basics|
|8.1 - Headlines|
|8.2 - Leads|
Subject planning could be modified due unforeseen circumstances (group performance, availability of resources, changes to academic calendar etc.) and should not, therefore, be considered to be definitive.
TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODOLOGIES AND ACTIVITIES:
Teaching and learning methodologies and activities applied:
In order to develop the competences established for this subject, sessions are planned as follows:
Classes will be conducted exclusively in English. Students are expected to participate in class and in all class-related activities in English. Although this may be difficult for students at the beginning of the course, their linguistic competences will improve rapidly.
Many class activities will be conducted in pairs and groups in the format of problem solving exercises, debates, project preparation, problem solving, simulations etc. This methodology
enables maximum student participation and talking time in class. It also promotes cooperative learning and meaningful interaction between students, and the development of professional competences.
During lectures, where the lecturer will explain concepts orally with technological support, students will also participate with questions and there will be follow up exercises and tasks to
apply and practice new concepts. Selected theoretical classes will be given by students.
During these sessions, students can ask questions, clarify concepts, ask for additionalbibliography either face to face or electronically. Some tutorial time will be devoted to assistance with group work, especially with preparation for expert group presentations.
Students are expected to complete weekly tasks uploaded on the PDU.
Plagiarism will not be tolerated, neither will the use of Google translator or any other automatic translator. If the professor catches a student plagiarizing or using an automatic translator for written assignments, the assignments will be automatically given a zero.
Student work load:
|Teaching mode||Teaching methods||Estimated hours|
|Practical work, exercises, problem-solving etc.||14|
|Extra-curricular activities (visits, conferences, etc.)||4|
|Individual coursework preparation||22|
Calculation of final mark:
*Las observaciones específicas sobre el sistema de evaluación serán comunicadas por escrito a los alumnos al inicio de la materia.
BIBLIOGRAPHY AND DOCUMENTATION:
|HARROWER, Tim. Inside Reporting. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2007|
|RICH, Carole. Writing and Reporting News. Boston: Wadsworth, 2010|
|BENDER, John. Reporting for the Media. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009|
|EVANS, Harold. Essential English for Journalists. London: Editors and Writers, 2000|
|GIBBS, Cheryl. Getting the Whole Story. Reporting and Writing the News. New York: Guilford Press, 2002|
|RUDIN, Richard. An Introduction to Journalism. New York: Focal Press, 2003|
|SCHWARTZ, Jerry. Associated Press Reporting Handbook. Boston: McGraw Hill Professional, 2001|
|New York Times||http://www.nytimes.com|
|The Poynter Institute||http://www.poynter.org/|
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