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.
WHAT IS NEWS?
This class will examine news values, the importance of news, story types, and news sources.
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.
THE SIMPLE NEWS LEAD
This class will focus on the Five W’s, playing up a W, complete reporting, and testing the lead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THE ARTS ENTERTAINMENT AND CRITICISM