Welcome to Communications 4931, the Media Editing class. In this class,
students take the leap from “information gatherer” to “information
presenter.” Students will learn
the basics of news editing and news decision-making in a variety of
situations/exercises. They will learn how these concepts apply to all
forms of communication. Emphasis is on the print media, but the class will
point out the growing move toward a convergence of skills. The course will
initially focus on headline writing and then move to story editing,
including AP style. Students will also learn the basics of cut line
writing and photo selection. The difficulty of the stories will increase
as the semester progresses. Also during the semester, the students will be
given current events quizzes and be asked to do an analysis of a
newspaper/magazine/Web site as a long-term project. Discussion topics will
include libel, newsroom ethics, newsroom management and covering the “big
story.” Guest speakers on various topics may appear for Q&A sessions.
work Monday through Friday at the Chronicle (generally 3 to 11 p.m.), and
I do not have regular office hours on campus. Nevertheless, I try to make
myself available to students whenever needed. Don’t be afraid of calling
or e-mailing me with questions.
luck this semester.