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JOUR 2310 Introduction to Media Writing

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    Nov 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course for nearly all journalism students. If you can, take it with Ms. Reaves because she is a multi-award winning journalist with a LOT of experience. (one of her awards includes the Pulitzer. Oh yeah.) You learn all the ins and outs of writing across all platforms that include print, broadcast, PR, etc.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was learning the specific journalistic style of writing. You write only to include facts, and make information of whatever the story is clear and accessible to the public. You also learn the inner-workings of a news room!

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not procrastinate on the assignments given to you. It may seem like you have all the time in the world for that story/ project, but in all actuality it is EXACTLY the right amount of time you need to produce a successful product.

    • Fall 2016
    • Gayle Reaves
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Requires Lots of Research
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    Nov 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class teaches your the basics about media writing. Professor Cattanach is a great instructor and is very enthusiastic about her lectures. She also gives great tips and advice about the field to prepare you fort he real world of media writing.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that this course is completely different than an English course. It is interesting to inform the public about a news story without being biased.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Attend class and pay attention! This class has made me pay much more attention to the media and newspapers. It is definitely an interesting class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Joanna Cattanach
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    Jul 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I learned so much in this class about journalism, writing, and the purpose of the profession. Kathie Hinnen is a great teacher and not only I would recommend her to anyone, but I would even take this class from her again! This class helped solidify my love for journalism and my certainty that I chose the right career path!

    Course highlights:

    Every single class included a hands-on activity that put into action what the lecture was about. We saw both good and bad examples of every form of journalism, and we talked about why those examples were either good or bad. The textbook we used was great and I would have bought it for myself if it didn't cost $97 to buy as opposed to $30 to rent. Hinnen always gave great feedback and was extremely direct so you knew exactly what she wanted. The stories we wrote were great practice and I'm really proud of some of mine!

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read read read!!! Pay attention to everything the professor says, because you are going to need it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, because your writing can't get better if you don't find out what's wrong with it. Be willing to admit to your mistakes and be open to having your opinions challenged.

    • Spring 2016
    • KathieHinnen
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions

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