Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
News Production
Course: JRN215

First Term: 2016 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.00 Credit(s)   5.00 Period(s)   4.40 Load  
Course Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Writing, editing, and publishing the student newspaper on multiple platforms. Emphasis may vary according to student goals.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Develop marketable story ideas for a specific audience. (I, III)
2. Identify the elements of news. (I)
3. Demonstrate judgment in the assignment, selection, and placement of news articles. (I)
4. Write, under pressure of deadline, professional copy in multiple media platforms demonstrating a high degree of fairness, accuracy and balance. (II)
5. Produce news content using research techniques and interpretative abilities. (III, IV)
6. Apply Associated Press style in editing and rewriting stories. (V)
7. Use quotes and attribution correctly. (V)
8. Write and rewrite leads to attract readers. (V)
9. Design newspaper pages utilizing appropriate typography, design elements, sectional differences, and stylistic consistency. (VI)
10. Apply design techniques and produce newspaper pages using computer software. (VI)
11. Create line art, editorial graphics and illustrations using computer software. (VI)
12. Select, crop, size, and proportion a photo for publication using computer software. (VI)
13. Plan photographic coverage for the campus newspaper. (VI)
14 Write headlines to fit space using standard headline guidelines. (VI)
15. Apply human relations skills in a newspaper setting. (IV)
16. Develop campus newspaper policy. (III, IV, VIII)
17. Produce and circulate a student-oriented line of communication for the campus. (III, IV, VII)
18. Identify legal and ethical issues as they relate to student media. (VIII)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. News basics
 A. Elements of the news
 B. Fairness, accuracy, balance
 C. Beats
 D. Knowing the community
 E. Meeting deadlines

II. Sections of the newspaper
 A. News
 B. Feature
 C. Editorial/column
 D. Sports
 E. Critical reviews

III. Roles of the reporter
 A. As writer
  1. The longer story
  2. Editing
  3. Style
 B. As news gatherer
  1. Ideas
  2. Sources
  3. Beats
  4. Human relations

IV. Gathering information
 A. Library
 B. Online
 C. Interviews
 D. Documents and spreadsheets
 E. Surveys
 F. Press conferences

V. Copy editing
 A. Associated Press (AP) style
 B. Rewriting
 C. Leads
 D. Quotes
 E. Attribution

VI. Newspaper page design
 A. Typography
 B. Terminology
 C. Modular
 D. Consistency
 E. Photography

VII. Additional student media platforms
 A. Online (website)
 B. Social media
 C. Broadcast

VIII. Legal and ethical considerations
 A. Libel
 B. Privacy
 C. Freedom of Information Act
 D. Managing sources
 E. Breaking the law
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 26, 2016

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.