Course Description

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 include discussion of broadcast and digital editing and 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 cutline 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. The project includes a written report and an oral presentation. 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.

Course Information

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Course Description

Required Texts


Facts about Newspapers 2003

Guide to Associated Press Style

Newspaper Credibility Handbook

UHCL Bayousphere

The Signal Newspaper

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