News Writing for Media

COMM DM 2775:02 T, Th 2:00-3:15 p.m., Lang 213

Catalog Description

Principles and practice of writing, editing, and compiling news for the print media. Prerequisite(s): COMM COR 1010; COMM DM 1755.


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  • Required: John R. Bender, Lucinda D. Davenport, Michael W. Drager, and Fred Fedler, Writing and Reporting for the Media, 12th edition (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). ISBN 9780190050788. Notes: includes free Writing and Reporting Media Workbook, 12e
AP style book 2018
  • Required: The Associated Press Stylebook, 2018. (Basic Books, 2018).  This is the essential resource for journalism style. Updated annually, with rules on grammar and word usage. ISNB 978-1541672383
  • Required: Read every day The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet, a daily compilation of the “10 Most Important Stories Right Now.” (Note: one of the stories is always a sponsored ad, so you can skip that one.)
  • Highly Recommended: CNN Reliable Sources newsletter. A daily newsletter from Brian Stelter and the CNNMoney Media Team. Covers politics, business, technology, pop culture, entertainment, and journalism. If you want “insider” information on news and entertainment media, this is an excellent source. Sign up for free.

  • Recommended: The Journalist’s Resource web site from the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. Great resources for journalists on public policy issues.
  • There will be additional handouts and readings on the course UNI eLearning site. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the elements of journalism and the cultural values behind what is determined newsworthy.
  2. Understand how information can be transformed into a news story.
  3. Write in various news story formats, and news styles for different media, using AP style.
  4. Write leads for stories.
  5. Cover news beats.