Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writers’ Guide from the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University: Penguin, 2007; by Mark Kramer, Wendy Call
Best Newspaper Writing, 2008-2009 Edition; by Tom Huang, Steve Myers
The Associated Press Stylebook, 2013 Edition; Edited by Darrell Christian, Sally Jacobsen and David Minthorn; or apstylebook.com
You will also be expected to keep up with current events that appear in local publications:
The Voice of America http://www.voachinese.com/archive/learning-english/1/1737/1737.html http://www.51voa.com/
I will make every effort to be available when you need me, either in person or via phone or email. Please check your email regularly for unexpected changes and updates.
Students are expected to attend classes, participate in discussions and keep up with current events. Reading and in-class assignments will be included in the determination of the final grade. If a student misses a class, he/she must contact the instructor ahead of time or immediately after. Missing a class does not mean you can miss the deadline.
This class meets twice a week. During several weeks, one of the days will be a working day in the field. I look forward to seeing students in all classes and expect them to be able to juggle their schedules to accommodate interviews and reporting throughout the week. Absences, after two, must be verified as medical or other emergency.
More than two unexcused absences will result in a grade reduction. Please arrive to class on time – treat it like a story deadline. Please do not schedule appointments when guest speakers or other planned events are listed on the syllabus or Canvas.
Classes within the School of Journalism are highly interactive and require participation. Students are expected to attend class and to be engaged with the instructor and their classmates during class time. Students may not use cell phones, tablets or computers during class time unless specifically directed to do so by the instructor.
Standards of professionalism for this course are based on the Code of Ethics for Journalists. Cheating, plagiarism or any form of dishonesty will constitute grounds for failing the class. Copying something verbatim from the Internet and including it in any assignment without attribution will result in a failing grade for the assignment. Blind quotes and anonymous sources will not be accepted. Selling class notes and/or recordings is strictly prohibited.
Students who anticipate being absent for a religious observance must provide advance notice of the date(s) to the instructor at least a week ahead of time, in writing.
Stories will be evaluated and equally weighted using a 100-point scale. Late work will be deducted 10 points per day.
A - 90-100; B - 80-89.9; C - 70-79.9; D - 60-69.9; F - Below 60