Print Classes

Summer Session

MAY 29                    

THE REPORTER IN THE NEWS ORGANIZATION

This class will examine the details of the news organization, various news channels, sources and beats, and the story process.

JUNE 1                     

WHAT IS NEWS?

This class will examine news values, the importance of news, story types, and news sources.

JUNE 3                       

NEWS STYLE

This class will focus on newspaper English, The Associated Press Stylebook, the importance of accurate spelling, punctuating, capitalizing, abbreviating; using the correct titles, figures, miscellaneous rules, and preparing copy.

JUNE 8                     

THE SIMPLE NEWS LEAD

This class will focus on the Five W’s, playing up a W, complete reporting, and testing the lead.

JUNE 10                    

THE COMPLEX LEAD

This class will focus on alternatives leads like question and quotation leads, suspenseful and descriptive leads, socking and ironic leads, direct-address leads and multi-paragraph leads.  Delayed and buried leads will also be discussed as well as chronological order.

JUNE 15                

THE BODY OF A NEWS STORY

This class will examine the inverted pyramid style, transitioning into the second paragraph, improving the later paragraphs, transitions, conclusions, alternatives to the inverted pyramid, the need to be fair, the final step of editing your story and a checklists for writing news stories.

JUNE 17

QUOTATIONS AND ATTRIBUTION

Quotations and attribution are “a must” in any story.  This class will help the student to know when to use direct, indirect and partial quotations, how to use direct quotations effectively, the need for attribution, guidelines for the placement and frequency of attribution, guidelines for capitalizing and punctuating quotations and a checklist for quotations and attribution.

JUNE 22                     

SPEECHES, PUBLICATIONS, AND INTERVIEWS

After the background research is done, arranging an interview with a source can be difficult.  This class will help the student journalist learn how to arrange an interview, prepare for the interview, conduct the interview, write the story based upon the interview, feature story interviews and press conferences as well as conducting an informal poll.

JUNE 24

MEETINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

This class is designed to help the writer to develop specificity, details and thoroughness with the writing, the importance of examples, the use of descriptions, the use of humor, newswriting habits to avoid, and a checklist for improving news gathering and writing.

JULY 6                      

ILLNESSES, DEATHS AND FUNERALS

Writing obituary stories are sensitive issues.  This class will help the student jouurnalist to understand the content of an obituary , obituaries for celebrities and overall how to improve the obituaries that are written.

JULY 8                     

FIRES, ACCIDENTS AND DISASTERS

Since over half of the stories that are written in The Hornet Tribune are either speeches or meetings, this class will focus on writing effective leads for both, story organization and adding color to a story that can be somewhat boring.

JULY 13                    

CRIMES, RAPES,  AND SUICIDES

Several sections of The Hornet Tribune are composed of a lot of feature stories so learning how to write them is essential.  This class will teacher students how to select a topic, the various tyupes of feature stories and leads, the body of a feature story and how a feature story should end.

JULY 15                    

SPORTS STORIES

This class will offer tips for being precise, the use of strong nouns and verbs, words to avoid, avoiding cliches and slang, avoiding euphemisms, avoiding technical language and jargon, and avoiding journalese.

JULY 20                  

EDITORIALS, COLUMNS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

An editorial is an article that presents the newspaper’s opinion on an issue. It reflects the majority vote of the editorial board, the governing body of the newspaper made up of editors and business managers. Editorials are meant to influence public opinion, promote critical thinking, and sometimes cause people to take action on an issue. In essence, an editorial is an opinionated news story.  This class will point out the four types of editorials, the eleven steps in writing an editorial and the structure of both columns and editorials.

JULY 22                    

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

This class is also designed to provide the most current, complete, and specific information and advice on reporting on victims and witnesses, as well as their families and friends. In addition, it is intended to explain the role of victim advocates and service providers and explore ways that journalists can work with them effectively to serve the needs of victims in the context of promoting public safety.

JULY 24

THE ARTS ENTERTAINMENT AND CRITICISM

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