Syllabus - SYLLABUS COMM 3311/ENG 3333 Writing for The...

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SYLLABUS COMM 3311/ENG 3333 – Writing for The Media - CRN#11950 MW 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM, ROOM C208 FALL 2010 (3 SEM. HOURS) PRE-REQUISITE: ENG. 1302 and either COMM 1302 or ENG 3302 INSTRUCTOR: Professor Zeenat Mitha OFFICE HOURS: UHD office: S1088 or S1090 Mondays and Wednesdays 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM and available by appointment; Tuesday/Thursday/Fridays – available by appointment I am also available via Blackboard live chat, email, and by telephone, if needed. CONTACT: [email protected] or (713) 221-8104. Please check Blackboard Vista regularly and make sure your UHD email account is working and checked regularly for important notes and reminders. Mostly, we will communicate through Blackboard Vista. REQUIRED TEXTS: (Assigned course readings must be done prior to meeting in class; texts should be brought to class ) Stovall, James G. Writing for the Mass Media, Seventh edition. Pearson A & B, 2009. Associated Press, The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 44th edition. Basic Books, 2009. Cappon, Rene J. The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation, Basic Books, 2003. RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Dictionary (any good dictionary will do. If you don’t have one already, I will recommend one. Spelling is important to your work and having a dictionary on hand will benefit you.) COURSE DESCRIPTION: As per the UHD catalog, Communication 3311 is the study and practice of writing techniques appropriate to print and broadcast media with emphasis on the relevance of these skills to managing media relations. COURSE OBJECTIVE: Students will be introduced to writing in a professional environment and to various forms of writing for the mass media, with an emphasis on print media and broadcast media. Students will develop an understanding of various forms of writing: print, broadcast, advertising, and public relations. Students will come to understand the rules and guidelines of news writing and reporting through practice. Students will practice and develop their writing skills to meet the needs and expectations of media audiences, and to become aware of relevant professional issues affecting news writing, such as ethics and libel. Students will obtain theory as well as practical experience in writing by working with the UHD newspaper, Dateline Downtown. LEARNING OUTCOMES:
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Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the basic rules of news writing for print media, as well as apply their skills on various other forms of media writing. Students will evaluate and analyze how to respond to the needs of media audiences. Students will prepare and present various types of media writing. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of having gained practical experience in writing for print media, as they will have written for the UHD newspaper – Dateline Downtown. COURSE POLICIES
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