COMM 3311/ENG 3333 – Writing for The Media - CRN#11950
MW 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM, ROOM C208
FALL 2010 (3 SEM. HOURS)
ENG. 1302 and
either COMM 1302 or ENG 3302
Professor Zeenat Mitha
S1088 or S1090
Mondays and Wednesdays
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM and available by
available by appointment
I am also available via Blackboard live chat, email, and by telephone, if needed.
or (713) 221-8104.
regularly and make sure your
UHD email account is working and
checked regularly for important notes and reminders.
Mostly, we will communicate through
(Assigned course readings must be done prior to meeting in class;
be brought to class
Stovall, James G.
Writing for the Mass Media,
Seventh edition. Pearson A & B, 2009.
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law,
44th edition. Basic
Cappon, Rene J.
The Associated Press Guide to Punctuation,
Basic Books, 2003.
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.)
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.
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,
Students will come to understand the rules and guidelines of news writing and reporting through
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.