- A.A. 2019/2020
- CFU 8
- Ore 40
- Classe di laurea L-20
Language: The course is meant for students with an intermediate level of proficiency of the English language (CEFR: B1-B2).
ICT: The course is technology-enhanced; students need to be computer-literate and have a working e-mail address.
The course is designed to introduce students to news writing and reporting and the skills vital to success in journalism and mass communication. The course's overriding objective is to help students develop a clear, concise and interesting writing style and a commitment to thorough and accurate reporting and writing.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Write clearly and concisely in forms and styles appropriate for the communications professions and audiences and purposes they serve.
2. Critically evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammar.
3. Be better able to think critically, creatively and independently.
4. Better understand concepts and apply theories to use and present information and images in a variety of media.
5. Understand how to use technologies and tools necessary for communications professions.
This course provides an introduction to and overview of writing and reporting for newspapers, magazines, broadcast outlets, public relations, web reporting and social media.
As a survey course, it addresses a wide range of topics, including:
- Principles and laws of freedom of speech and the press;
- Interviewing techniques, story organization and different story forms;
- The importance of diversity in reporting and writing;
- Following good ethical principles and working ethically in pursing truth, accuracy and fairness.
PART 1: Introduction to basic news stories and social media.
- Major Assignment: Students write a basic news story by covering a speech or local meeting.
- Topics Covered: Changing concepts of news and media convergence; writing leads and nut graphs; using social media in news coverage; basic grammar/AP style skills.
PART 2: Mechanics of writing, story organization and interviewing.
- Major Assignment: Students write news feature article.
- Topics Covered: Interviewing and listening skills, developing story ideas, organizing stories, conducting online research, targeting your audience.
PART 3: Learn to write magazine feature stories and broadcast scripts.
- Major Assignments: Magazine article; broadcast script.
- Topics Covered: Writing for magazines, radio and television; online journalism.
PART 4: Understanding media issues, including ethics, law and diversity.
- Major Assignment: Final news feature writing project.
- Topics Covered: Media law, media ethics, diversity/sensitivity, and media jobs and internships.
- 1. (A) Carole Rich Writing and Reporting News: A Coaching Method, 8th Edition Cengage Learning, London/New York, 2015 » Pagine/Capitoli: 978-1-305-07733-1
- 2. (C) Raymond Murphy English grammar in use - 4th Edition Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012
- 3. (C) Michael McCarthy, Felicity O'Dell English collocations in use - Intermediate Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2005
Students are encouraged to use an electronic portfolio to provide evidence of learning. An e-portfolio provides a means of collecting, documenting, reflecting on, and sharing various experiences and texts (written, visual, multimedia, etc.). It would, at a minimum, be a record of the coursebook activities and projects attempted, responses to any differences between their "answers" to activities and the comments provided, and feedback and reflection on the projects carried out. But it could include any other examples of texts which students came across which they can relate, through commentary, to the theories in the textbook and which may be shared with other students. It might also contain general reflection on their responses to the coursebook and what they find most useful and interesting, or contentious. Through an e-portfolio students will create their own personal learning space for the course.
Teaching and learning is organized according to ILV methodology (Information / Laboratory / Verification), which provides informative moments, followed by analysis and reconstruction workshops that allow students to turn theory into practice, and develop reflective thinking on their own learning processes and products.
A mix of the following teaching techniques will be used:
- Individual research
The course is available for students attending classes in the classroom or at a distance: they will refer to the same course program and assessment method.