All journalists, no matter in what medium or on what platform they work, must know fundamental skills. That’s JOU3117, the class where students learn…
● what makes something news and what facts are required to present it.
● the notion of “story,” what a story is and is not.
● to report and research basic stories – meetings, crime, speeches, news conferences, profiles, obituaries – as the raw material to write stories with precision and detail.
● learn interviewing skills appropriate for both street reporting and long-form sit-down interviews.
● learn how to research stories, using electronic and public records.
● Associated Press style and how to use the AP Stylebook.
● to improve spelling and grammar skills to newsroom standards.
● the basic arithmetic necessary to cut through the weeds of complicated topics and explain them succinctly.